The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been leading the way in the development of robots for the next war America fights. DARPA seems to be pretty certain that America will be sending land-based robots in alongside any other ground forces. From the rubble crawling "LittleDog" to the more than seven-foot-tall ATLAS, things have been getting creepy.
Rather than keep its robotic minions locked up, DARPA and its partners at Boston Dynamics have been posting Youtube videos of various robotic tests for the public to watch.
And quiver in terror.
The ATLAS is an offshoot of the Petman bipedal robot. More on the Petman later. The ATLAS is huge and it has binocular vision and LIDAR to see your heartbeat through walls. Watch it climb stairs and jump. Watch it walk on a treadmill while Boston Dynamics technicians swing a wrecking ball at it trying to knock it off balance. Not even a barrage of terrible electronic dance music seems to phase this remorseless killing machine.
Do you wish to know what computers will be doing in the year to come? With a sigh I shall exert the minimal effort it takes to reveal all. Feel free to print out these predictions and share them with your friends via fax.
Old mixed signals feeling a little stale? Try some new ones!
day 2: still working on the car
The Something Awful front page news tackles anything both off and on the Internet. Mostly "on" though, as we're all incredible nerds.