Here's another robot set to haunt my dreams

PETMAN walking (and sweating!) robot tests clothes; no plans yet to destroy humanity


I'm fully convinced that in some alternate reality, the team at Boston Dynamics are creating Terminator robots. I know that most of their work on military robots is done for the benefit of humanity.

However, watching their latest video, in which a PETMAN robot walks on a treadmill to test the durability of chemical protection suits, I can't stop thinking about how these robots could be eventually used as soldiers (and if artificial intelligence evolves to the level where they're integrated with these robots, then watch out).

I mean, seriously, these robots have skin that "maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature." I'm not getting much sleep tonight.

Back in the real world, here's what you watched. The PETMAN robot "is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit."

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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