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Darpa Cheetah Sets Speed Record For Legged Robots

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  1. This is fucking amazing, when I watched the slow mo something really clicked in me. These engineers are building the future. This is the future. We are replicating living motions, we are creating living machines. This is like the first dynamite ever made in comparison to the atomic bomb, in a sense that in time this simple moving machine will evolve (through the genius of human invention) into fully functional robotic beings. Simply amazing.

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  3. DARPA is making Voltron Lion Force 🙂

    They’re probably working on a mechanized armor. Imagine a bi-pedal tank who have cannons, a rocket/missile launcher, and high caliber projectile wpns (hell, even energy wpns) that can move like a person (or more mobile). Either that, or an exoskeleton worn by soldiers. Or both.

  4. @Daniel42Monteiro There are many applications to this tech. This is essentially just one of the many experiments that CAN help people who couldn’t walk.

    However, it can also be a weapon. It shouldn’t be surprising, since DARPA is funding it. A fast and mobile robot that can be mounted with a variety of wpns. That weaponization can be both good and bad. Bad because it’ll make killing other people much easier – good, because it reduces the risk for soldiers.

    Or a more lifelike toy dog 🙂

  5. The interesting thing near the end is that it always has a foot on the ground. When real cheetahs and humans run their stride is longer and all of their feet leave the ground. They are ‚flying‘ for half a second.
    

  6. But here the legs are always on the ground. That’s why the legs look super fast. Probably to make computations easier and to reduce shaking. It also probably makes it more efficient as energy is wasted ’stopping the fall‘ of humans and animals when they run. An analogy would be a guy to run with a backpack with loose straps and then forcing the same guy to run with a backpack with very tight straps. In the second case he can run faster as there is less energy wasted on ‚bouncing‘.

  7. @gredangeo i like to think of bladerunner. so what if they were simulants who killed their creator. they were pretty awesome. but surely theres a way to make them without a will of their own, no ai has control of the globe yet

  8. @themrjohnl Oh my god, that explains! Really? The „news“? How cute… If your statistics about the main religion of terrorists are based on what they show you on TV, I understand what you were saying better… Didn’t you ever think of media wanting to modify people’s way of judging? No? Well ma friend, you were wrong. People are f*cking racist those days and we gotta face it. Also, the people who said that shit need their ideas fixed, ‚cause a „god“ wouldn’t want sorrow according to holy books

  9. THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!
    Google
    – Vertical Farming
    – 3D Printing (Organs too)
    – Quantum Levitation
    – Thorium Reactors
    – Arcology
    All that stands between Humanity and a „Post-Scarcity Clean Futuristic“ World is not the KNOW HOW but the Will to Change.

  10. @cnsrddnb Forward actually, that’s why I don’t get why it would be a „cheetah“, I mean look even at tha articulations angles! They’re reversed for the front legs!!! But that shit is still creepy… (Look at the BigDog, it’s even more scary! They’re gonna use it as a weapon! WEAPON!!!)

  11. @applesauceis22 DARPA stands for „Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency“, so weather’s got nothing to do with it, unless we’re talking about weaponised weather…

  12. Anyone who’s seen the video of quadrotors flocking under intelligent control might consider what it would be like to have a pack of these things hunting you. From a drone control center on the other side of the planet.

    We’re there, folks. Sci-Fi has landed.

    Your children will be hunted. :-/

  13. @shebotnov What if it is not only electric but „dual powered“ so it uses a gasoline engine when not in stealth mode, then it could go on full speed for many hours.

  14. It has to be disconnected to be truly awesome, but is impressive no matter what. The tricky part probably is collision detection and the ability to very quickly make the correct,small changes in direction to avoid objects.

  15. @FestivePenguin Thanks for calling me a moron. Really appreciate it. I did read the description and this will end up as some military robot designed to kill. And that’s why I asked what the purpose of this was, asshole.

  16. @FestivePenguin Thanks for calling me a moron. Really appreciate it. I did read the description and this will end up as some military robot designed to kill. And that’s why I asked what the purpose of this was, asshole.

  17. now all they need to do is make them a bit bigger and the option for transplanting a brain in it for any that wish to be one of those
    but mine would be a dragon..but not a robot..a cytran
    (more advanced then that for the future)

  18. 62 thumbs up that people think it’s running backwards? *facepalm*

    it is running forward

    left side is the chest (bulky on the left like a chest)

    right side is a part of a tail (you can even see it gets a hollow part where it just has a spine part)
    it has no head or neck at the moment

  19. @aquariex24 Didn’t your mom and dad teach you any thing about anatomy ; ^ ) JK
    IT IS RUNNING FORWARDS !!! THE ONLY THING IS THE FEET ARE MISSING !!!
    IT WILL PROBABLY HAVE LONG FEET LIKE A DOGS
    SEE HOW THE CHEST IS BIGGER THAN THE TAIL !!!
    THEY WILL PROBABLY USE THOSE AS TERMINATOR DOGS !!!
    BUILD A TESLA COIL !!!

  20. @aquariex24 Didn’t your mom and dad teach you any thing about anatomy ; ^ ) JK
    IT IS RUNNING FORWARDS !!! THE ONLY THING IS THE FEET ARE MISSING !!!
    IT WILL PROBABLY HAVE LONG FEET LIKE A DOGS
    SEE HOW THE CHEST IS BIGGER THAN THE TAIL !!!
    THEY WILL PROBABLY USE THOSE AS TERMINATOR DOGS !!!
    BUILD A TESLA COIL !!!

  21. its confusing because both joints are facing the same way, in an animal when on all 4’s, humans included, their knees points forward while the elbows point backwards. this machine is pointing in the same direction for front and back therefore both arguements are correct, it could be running forward OR its running backwards. until a head is put on both are valid

  22. You guys kill me
    You better go watch a Video of a large cat running cuz It is running forward
    The only joint that’s missing is the Ankle joint
    But you don’t need an ankle joint if you have gyroscopes
    You are missing the point, This is an amazing feat

  23. its legs turned in a such way to spread the mass on the run. running robot is not a complete advance.
    when human found out how to make fire, he couldn’t even realise how far it would get using fire…

  24. @MrStickmansam1000 Well, it’s not like it’s gonna run home to grandma with the the medicine she forgot to take. It serves the purpose of some wanktard eventually putting a gun on it, period.

  25. People are starving here in the U.S. and all around the globe. Meanwhile these folks are using precious time, and resources on this kind of research, to once again harm people. I am truly ashamed to be an American in this century.

  26. @SirVixIsVexed It’s not that there isn’t enough. It’s that some people can’t afford the resources while the other people buy too much of the resource.

  27. big woop, its powered by an external power source, so its really just a funny looking conveyer belt machine. when it can move a useful distance at speed *under its own carried onboard* power, then it might be impressive. Unless you are planning on unreeling an extension lead behind it at 18mph.

  28. i think the name should change from Cheetah to Ing-because metroid prime echo’s „Hunter Ing“ has a striking resemblance to this Cheetah. i can imagine another leg on this robot, and i can defintly see this being used mostly in the dark. although i do worry its ability to traverse terrain-it may be restricted to flat surfaces.

  29. i think the name should change from Cheetah to Ing-because metroid prime echo’s „Hunter Ing“ has a striking resemblance to this Cheetah. i can imagine another leg on this robot, and i can defintly see this being used mostly in the dark. although i do worry its ability to traverse terrain-it may be restricted to flat surfaces.

  30. i think the name should change from Cheetah to Ing-because metroid prime echo’s „Hunter Ing“ has a striking resemblance to this Cheetah. i can imagine another leg on this robot, and i can defintly see this being used mostly in the dark. although i do worry its ability to traverse terrain-it may be restricted to flat surfaces.

  31. @SpockieTech I hope you know that it can be powered on it’s on.
    They always release videos of it inside.

    They’ve already stated it can run on it’s on..and knowing the track record of boston dynamics and darpa..they definitely aren’t lying.

  32. @SpockieTech I hope you know that it can be powered on it’s on.
    They always release videos of it inside.

    They’ve already stated it can run on it’s on..and knowing the track record of boston dynamics and darpa..they definitely aren’t lying.

  33. @AntiMatter3000 Yes, I know B.D. *can* run on internal power. But for *how Long* ? Ive seen BigDog with a howling engine – for 30 secs. Until we develop sources of *much* higher pwr/weight, then walking is just showing off, not useful. I’d bet this machine cant carry the power/fuel to walk down the road, much less carry cargo for any distance. Its why Rocket packs have been existed for 30 years, but still cant fly for more than 30 seconds. We need portable power first, fancy mechanisms second

  34. @AntiMatter3000 Yes, I know B.D. *can* run on internal power. But for *how Long* ? Ive seen BigDog with a howling engine – for 30 secs. Until we develop sources of *much* higher pwr/weight, then walking is just showing off, not useful. I’d bet this machine cant carry the power/fuel to walk down the road, much less carry cargo for any distance. Its why Rocket packs have been existed for 30 years, but still cant fly for more than 30 seconds. We need portable power first, fancy mechanisms second

  35. Am I the only one that sees this thing chasing us through the streets, jumping off walls and cars? Add a giant wide razor sharp mouth and we got ourselves a killing machine. Oh yeah and…skynet.

  36. Am I the only one that sees this thing chasing us through the streets, jumping off walls and cars? Add a giant wide razor sharp mouth and we got ourselves a killing machine. Oh yeah and…skynet.

  37. @TheKingdomOfDragons: Obviously (to those who gave a thumps up anyway) it was a joke. Keyword of the joke: „teach“…they built it like that so obviously they couldn’t teach it.

  38. @TheKingdomOfDragons: Obviously (to those who gave a thumps up anyway) it was a joke. Keyword of the joke: „teach“…they built it like that so obviously they couldn’t teach it.

  39. @AlmightyDoubleHelix Not really. Also they’re really heavy, and people get hit all the time. Some have bumpers made of plastic, though. Plastic about as hard as metal, but you can’t have everything.

  40. @AlmightyDoubleHelix Not really. Also they’re really heavy, and people get hit all the time. Some have bumpers made of plastic, though. Plastic about as hard as metal, but you can’t have everything.

  41. @AlmightyDoubleHelix Not really. Also they’re really heavy, and people get hit all the time. Some have bumpers made of plastic, though. Plastic about as hard as metal, but you can’t have everything.

  42. i would love to see something like this
    but Better in the future that uses made bone and synthetic muscles called a Cytran
    i would be more then willing to have them take my brain out and become one ^^
    (a dragon model)

  43. i would love to see something like this
    but Better in the future that uses made bone and synthetic muscles called a Cytran
    i would be more then willing to have them take my brain out and become one ^^
    (a dragon model)

  44. i would love to see something like this
    but Better in the future that uses made bone and synthetic muscles called a Cytran
    i would be more then willing to have them take my brain out and become one ^^
    (a dragon model)

  45. @MrStickmansam1000 Darpa – which is run by the Pentagon – said that the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to „more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions“.

    Professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said the latest achievement was very impressive-

    „With faster than human speed, this is a step in the development of a high speed killer that could negotiate a battlefield quickly to hunt and kill,“ he said.

  46. @MrStickmansam1000 Darpa – which is run by the Pentagon – said that the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to „more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions“.

    Professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said the latest achievement was very impressive-

    „With faster than human speed, this is a step in the development of a high speed killer that could negotiate a battlefield quickly to hunt and kill,“ he said.

  47. @MrStickmansam1000 Darpa – which is run by the Pentagon – said that the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to „more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions“.

    Professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said the latest achievement was very impressive-

    „With faster than human speed, this is a step in the development of a high speed killer that could negotiate a battlefield quickly to hunt and kill,“ he said.

  48. @MrStickmansam1000 Darpa – which is run by the Pentagon – said that the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to „more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions“.

    Professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said the latest achievement was very impressive-

    „With faster than human speed, this is a step in the development of a high speed killer that could negotiate a battlefield quickly to hunt and kill,“ he said.

  49. @bally28 „The biggest concern about this is that no artificial intelligence system can distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants, and so if this was operating on its own it would fall foul of the laws of war.“

  50. @bally28 „The biggest concern about this is that no artificial intelligence system can distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants, and so if this was operating on its own it would fall foul of the laws of war.“

  51. @bally28 „The biggest concern about this is that no artificial intelligence system can distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants, and so if this was operating on its own it would fall foul of the laws of war.“

  52. @bally28 „The biggest concern about this is that no artificial intelligence system can distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants, and so if this was operating on its own it would fall foul of the laws of war.“

  53. Funny thing about autonomous robots… that annoying little factor called human empathic ‚conscience‘ doesn’t have to be bothered with to get a whole lot of murder done. You and a few of your buddies can take over the world while you chill on your lazy boy and watch little jon on ‚cribs’…
    Why in the hell is no one demanding an end to ’sentient‘ murder machines? One day these things will be running us down for being late with our taxes if we don’t demand a stop to it, yeah?

  54. Funny thing about autonomous robots… that annoying little factor called human empathic ‚conscience‘ doesn’t have to be bothered with to get a whole lot of murder done. You and a few of your buddies can take over the world while you chill on your lazy boy and watch little jon on ‚cribs’…
    Why in the hell is no one demanding an end to ’sentient‘ murder machines? One day these things will be running us down for being late with our taxes if we don’t demand a stop to it, yeah?

  55. Funny thing about autonomous robots… that annoying little factor called human empathic ‚conscience‘ doesn’t have to be bothered with to get a whole lot of murder done. You and a few of your buddies can take over the world while you chill on your lazy boy and watch little jon on ‚cribs’…
    Why in the hell is no one demanding an end to ’sentient‘ murder machines? One day these things will be running us down for being late with our taxes if we don’t demand a stop to it, yeah?

  56. Funny thing about autonomous robots… that annoying little factor called human empathic ‚conscience‘ doesn’t have to be bothered with to get a whole lot of murder done. You and a few of your buddies can take over the world while you chill on your lazy boy and watch little jon on ‚cribs’…
    Why in the hell is no one demanding an end to ’sentient‘ murder machines? One day these things will be running us down for being late with our taxes if we don’t demand a stop to it, yeah?

  57. How do americans feel about the fact that they will probably die in a totalitarian corporatist police state being shot down by some automated military robot? Maybe if you’re lucky, edgy german kids in 50 years will glorify the military dictatorship that killed your father in a war with china just like edgy american kids glorify the military dictatorship that killed my friends grandfather in a war with your country. Quite unlikely considering our species is probably gonna be extinct in 50 years.

  58. This is an incredible display of engineering, but for some reason it has a strong air of sinisterness to it, and I’m not sure why.
    It’s a harrowing thought that something like this could be used as a weapon.

    But perhaps it’s a subconscious fear. Look at its sharp pointed legs. Its skeletal inorganic appearance. I picture how at one point in human history people had nightmares of real Cheetahs chasing them. Maybe one day these nightmares might return, except this time the Cheetah is man made.

  59. ..These aren’t close to sentient you idiot, they’re pre-programmed.

    And also, this things runs 18 miles per hour.. I believe the average human runs 12-15.
    unless you’re out of shape or unathletic you have nothing to worry about.

  60. Sentient might be the wrong word. Obviously this isn’t a sentient/autonomous machine… its clearly running a much more basic function. My point is they’re not far off from such war machines (they most likely already exist), and it would be wise to be outspoken against death machines which don’t require any filter of moral human conscience to carry out ‚pre-programmed‘ functions. Picturing this thing running you down was just imagery spurring people to consider a potential reality.

  61. I actually have a very keen interest in robotics. For example, I imagine robots would be useful in rescue operations; such as in fires. And yeah, theyd also be useful in combat. As this is military funded there must be a interest in using them as weapons.

    My post (which I admit, is a bit silly) is a comment on how this robot might be as frightful as a real cheetah one day.

    Besides, I’m actually more interested in A.I…

  62. They’re coming close to creating proper functioning A.I; robotics really will be the future. I can picture A.I working in everything. We wouldn’t be in finical mess if an A.I was advising the banks and governments. Imagine video games characters with their own genuine intelligence. Even today, Iphones have a very primitive form of A.I in it!

    And I agree with you, they’ll need some sort of antivirus software. I can imagine, in the future, a hacker creating a virus just to cause chaos in robots!

  63. They’re coming close to creating proper functioning A.I; robotics really will be the future. I can picture A.I working in everything. We wouldn’t be in finical mess if an A.I was advising the banks and governments. Imagine video games characters with their own genuine intelligence. Even today, Iphones have a very primitive form of A.I in it!

    And I agree with you, they’ll need some sort of antivirus software. I can imagine, in the future, a hacker creating a virus just to cause chaos in robots!

  64. so you replying to this has wasted some of those resources due to the amount of overall effect and energy taken from this one extra comment appearing.. Why you may bitch …. Your happy sitting at home surfing the web on your computer…..

    do think before you post moron

  65. Yes, the potential positives are mind boggling and its awesome to imagine the kind of utopia we might create with the aid of ‚benevolent‘ A.I.
    I hate to be the pessimist but looking at how unjust and corrupt our political/monetary systems are now and have been for quite some time, I think it makes sense that people be vigilant towards the potential corrupt application of such advanced technology. DARPA isn’t exactly the Willy Wonka of robotics. They’ve put out some terrifying ideas.

  66. Hellll no man, are you kidding? How could you believe we are anywhere near the potential for robotics? At least we haven’t actually witnessed anything which is approaching a ‚plateau‘, in my opinion.
    How long are you thinking this plateau will last?

  67. Hellll no man, are you kidding?  How could you believe we are anywhere near the potential for robotics? At least we haven’t actually witnessed anything which is approaching a ‚plateau‘, in my opinion.
    How long are you thinking this plateau will last?

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  69. HI IM 15 AND IM WITH THE DESTRUCTION INC. PK TEAM AND I AM SECOND IN CHARGE WE NEED MORE PEOPLE IN OUR CREW WE WILL TRAVEL CROSS COUNTRY AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WE WANT YOUR SKILL NOT YOUR MONEY WE WILL TEACH YOU AND SHOW YOU HOW ITS DONE. WE WANT YOU PEOPLE IN THE EAST OF THE WORLD TOO. THATS WHERE OUR FIRST IN COMMAND DECON SANDERS WHO IS JUST RUNNING AROUND IN PARIS, I HAVE CONTROL FOR PEOPLE FROM CANADA TO CHILE AND REMEMBER WE WANT YOU

  70. Well robotics requires so much in the ways of wiring and power capacity; the larger the robot means more wires, servos, larger batteries/generators. I just don’t see how robots will ever achieve a level of realistic movement without shuffling around instead of walking or being generally clunky in their locomotion. Just takes so much hardware to develop movement, so I doubt we’ll ever see robots move even close to as naturally as actual animals/people.

  71. Well robotics requires so much in the ways of wiring and power capacity; the larger the robot means more wires, servos, larger batteries/generators. I just don’t see how robots will ever achieve a level of realistic movement without shuffling around instead of walking or being generally clunky in their locomotion. Just takes so much hardware to develop movement, so I doubt we’ll ever see robots move even close to as naturally as actual animals/people.

  72. Well robotics requires so much in the ways of wiring and power capacity; the larger the robot means more wires, servos, larger batteries/generators. I just don’t see how robots will ever achieve a level of realistic movement without shuffling around instead of walking or being generally clunky in their locomotion. Just takes so much hardware to develop movement, so I doubt we’ll ever see robots move even close to as naturally as actual animals/people.

  73. Ya, maybe you’re right. 
    I remember reading about material that imitated muscle (contracting or expanding when small electrical charges are put through it). Maybe this type of innovation will overcome the clunkiness and power demands of hydraulic-type movement?.. I don’t know.

    With the level of tech power most of us carry around in our pockets now days I get the feeling that our problem solving- potential will easily carry us beyond the obstacles you mention, but hell if I know.

  74. Ya, maybe you’re right.
    I remember reading about material that imitated muscle (contracting or expanding when small electrical charges are put through it). Maybe this type of innovation will overcome the clunkiness and power demands of hydraulic-type movement?.. I don’t know.

    With the level of tech power most of us carry around in our pockets now days I get the feeling that our problem solving- potential will easily carry us beyond the obstacles you mention, but hell if I know.

  75. The only way I can imagine robots really taking a leap forward is if biological components like neurons could be artificially replicated, and artificial metabolism could replace a central battery.

  76. The only way I can imagine robots really taking a leap forward is if biological components like neurons could be artificially replicated, and artificial metabolism could replace a central battery.

  77. The only way I can imagine robots really taking a leap forward is if biological components like neurons could be artificially replicated, and artificial metabolism could replace a central battery.

  78. The only way I can imagine robots really taking a leap forward is if biological components like neurons could be artificially replicated, and artificial metabolism could replace a central battery.

  79. Hmmm is this why I see shiny seagulls in the middle of ones that don’t? This video could be years old. Their release info slowly policy, like the rail gun

  80. Hmmm is this why I see shiny seagulls in the middle of ones that don’t? This video could be years old. Their release info slowly policy, like the rail gun

  81. Hmmm is this why I see shiny seagulls in the middle of ones that don’t? This video could be years old. Their release info slowly policy, like the rail gun

  82. Вот наделают такой херни, навешают на неё разных автоматов, шахидских поясов итп, и будут в города запускать. Своих потерь меньше, в глаза убиваемым смотреть тоже не надо. Красота!.. Блин, когда прогресс в таких руках – понятно, почему его боятся.

  83. Вот наделают такой херни, навешают на неё разных автоматов, шахидских поясов итп, и будут в города запускать. Своих потерь меньше, в глаза убиваемым смотреть тоже не надо. Красота!.. Блин, когда прогресс в таких руках – понятно, почему его боятся.

  84. The body is Rottweiler-sized, segmented into overlapping hard plates like those of a rhinoceros. The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah’s. It must be the tail that makes people refer to it as a Rat Thing, because that’s the only ratlike part – incredibly long and flexible.

    The grass under the Rat Thing is beginning to smoke…

    „How do you turn it off?“

    „You don’t.“

    — Neal Stephenson, „Snow Crash“

  85. The body is Rottweiler-sized, segmented into overlapping hard plates like those of a rhinoceros. The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah’s. It must be the tail that makes people refer to it as a Rat Thing, because that’s the only ratlike part – incredibly long and flexible.

    The grass under the Rat Thing is beginning to smoke…

    „How do you turn it off?“

    „You don’t.“

    — Neal Stephenson, „Snow Crash“

  86. The body is Rottweiler-sized, segmented into overlapping hard plates like those of a rhinoceros. The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah’s. It must be the tail that makes people refer to it as a Rat Thing, because that’s the only ratlike part – incredibly long and flexible.

    The grass under the Rat Thing is beginning to smoke…

    „How do you turn it off?“

    „You don’t.“

    — Neal Stephenson, „Snow Crash“

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