Okay, so it may not look quite as impressive as some other mechanical cheetahs
we've seen in the past, but this new one from Boston Dynamics
certainly has a lot of potential. That robot, plus a new humanoid called Atlas, have won DARPA
contracts and so will be put into at least limited production, much like the company's earlier BigDog
. Cheetah is said to run "faster than any existing legged robot and faster than the fastest human runners," while Atlas can "move through difficult terrain using human-like behavior," meaning neither running nor hiding will work. That leaves only fighting, so get ready to buck up.
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