Defensive robots

Darpa unveiled its ATLAS robot – – another brilliant robot built by Boston Dynamics.  It slightly resembles Robby in the movie Forbidden Planet.  Another sci fi robot in the ‘flesh’.

What isn’t apparent upon a first look at Atlas, are the years, experience, and man hours put into this robot.  Its evolution started probably nearly 30 years ago by Marc Raibert.  It is designed to be a team member in the military and will get tested in practice by the Darpa Robotics Challenge.  Love the criteria for this challenge, especially number 3, ‘must be able to be operated by non-engineer”.  I volunteer to beta test (and treat) this robot in my house!