November 07, 2011, 11:21 AM — Sometimes I feel like Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 (no, get your mind out of the gutter). I mean, she keeps warning people about the Terminators that are coming from the future, yet most of humanity just looks at her like she's weird, or they lock her up in an asylum. I'm not there yet, but I keep finding videos of robots that are being built that keep getting more and more humanlike.
The latest video comes from the people at Boston Dynamics, showing off their PETMAN, an anthropomorphic robot developed for testing special clothing used by U.S. military personnel. The PETMAN "balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics," Boston Dynamics says. Take a look.
The freakiest part was when the human pushed the robot and he stumbled a bit, only to keep walking. Add some self-aware artificial intelligence to this thing and we're all doomed, doomed I say!
In reality, Boston Dynamics says that PETMAN is used to simulate human physiology by "controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions." OK, just don't give that thing a gun.
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