Boston Dynamics showed the parkour robot Atlas

Boston Dynamics Atlas robot

Boston Dynamics' robots can now do parkour Credit Boston Dynamics

Bad news, fellow meat bags.

In the company's new video, called "Parkour", we see Atlas jogging and leaping over a log easily. The log-hop in the video above is standard fare for the robot at this point but it's the unhesitating bounces up a series of offset boxes that really sticks in the mind.

The last time Atlas was featured in a video, the robot surprised viewers when it performed backflips as easily as it walked back on November 16. This world is built for human, so in theory, robots that look and move like a human will be best equipped to manage the world. It's a quick trip to the uncanny valley but it's one that we really have to take.

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Atlas is one of many forms of robot created by Boston Dynamics, which began as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with other quadruped robots capable of opening doors. The robot uses energy from its entire body - limbs and torso - to enact its movements and employs "computer vision" to orient itself in space. "Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint". It does, however, serve to remind us just how dorky parkour is. I think parkour is French for "please stop before you break your ankle".

It's time for another glimpse into a robot-controlled future (assuming we make it there).

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