Somewhere, a solitary suburban teenage boy is impressed. He's just watched the latest YouTube video from Boston Dynamics, which shows off the Atlas robot doing some siiiiiiiick parkour moves. The robot can jump over a log (dude!), and up a few platforms (wicked!). SEE ALSO: This'blind' robot dog is great for hunting you on a moonless night It's everything a 14-year-old in 2001 could have hoped for. While previous demos from the Boston Dynamics team have inspired a measure of caution in those fearing the robot uprising, this latest addition to the company's oeuvre doesn't quite carry the same weight.
The remarkable evolution of Atlas, Boston Dynamics' most agile robot, continues. In a video posted today, Atlas is seen jumping over a log and leaping up steps like a parkour runner. The robot has come a long way. Two years ago, Boston Dynamics, led by Marc Raibert, unveiled a massive upgrade of the original Atlas, which had been used by multiple teams at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015. In a brief description of today's video, Boston Dynamics explains that the robot is using its full body not only to balance but also to propel itself up the steps: The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace.
Tianmen Mountain in China has the ultimate parkour course, and it's not for the faint of heart. Brave YouTuber Calen Chan took on what he claims is the "World's Largest Parkour Course" with a GoPro camera in his mouth to capture the run that he says spanned about three football fields long. Along the way, Chan dodged tourists who were just hanging out on the course and nailed jumps he estimated to between five and 10 feet high. "Obviously this was difficult, and I physically couldn't sprint down the entire path of deadly drops without slowing down, but I did my best!" Chan wrote in the video's description. 'Sesame Street' just pulled off a pretty perfect'Orange is the New Black' parody Woman finds a huge tarantula in her shoe and we're never wearing shoes again
The internet is not a stranger to cat videos nor is it unfamiliar with memes set to Awolnation's "Run." The scene opens in a nondescript alleyway. Four cats mill about -- two are lounging, two are getting a bit feisty. The familiar build-up tones of "Run" play as the two cats in the back get a little more aggressive. Then the fated "run" happens, timed at the moment when one cat feels the necessary urge to escape this terrible alley.