People who fear the inevitable robot uprising can take some small comfort in the fact that though robots themselves may be strong, tireless, and impervious to pain, they are still pretty clumsy. They have trouble detecting obstacles and have only surprisingly recently mastered the art of getting up stairs. Or, at least we could take some small comfort in that until yesterday.
We’re of course referring to the recently released footage of Atlas, the invention of the secretive robotics company Boston Dynamics, which depicts Atlas deftly bounding up obstacles in a parkour-like fashion (parkour!). If you were hoping elevation or a tricky ascent were going to be enough to protect you from Atlas’s wrath, think again.