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Early Evidence That One Day Robots Could Take Our Jobs

by Baz Edwards

When you see this incredible robot from Boston Dynamics, it's only natural to think that one day it could be doing your job.

Early Evidence That One Day Robots Could Take Our Jobs

I've seen videos by Boston Dynamics before but this is the most impressive yet.  The robot in the video, Atlas, is designed to work both outdoors and inside buildings.  It is electrically and hydraulically powered, uses sensors in its body and legs to balance, and LIDAR and stereo sensors to avoid obstacles and generally navigate difficult terrain.  It stands at 5' 9" tall and weighs in at 180 lbs.

From the video, it's not hard to imagine that in the not too distant future, robots such as Atlas could and will be taking our jobs.  Don't watch past 2:05 in the video, unless you want to see disturbing scenes of robot cruelty :)

Photo credit: Boston Dynamics via YouTube

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