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DARPA creates real-life Terminator

- April 24th, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t lying when he said the Terminator would be back.

It’s almost impossible to believe this robot shown off by the Pentagon on Tuesday is an operable machine, let alone one that will be able to “think” in the event of a natural disaster.

The hulking metallic figure, known as Atlas, stands at just over six feet and is the product of the United States’ real-life version of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Atlus, one of the most advanced robots in the world, standing proudly on display at the Pentagon. (MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)



Although Atlas is still in its alpha testing phase, it’s one of the most prominent advanced robots entered in the DARPA Robotics Challenge that asks its designers to come up with a non-human operated machine that could help out in case of another disaster like Fukushima.

Atlas is just one of five robots submitted to the contest design, but it’s also one of the most realistic chances in building a machine army capable of helping out in tough situations.

It’s a side of mechanical engineering the scientists at DARPA have become used to.

Think of the agency like an actual Stark Industries.

DARPA strictly works for the United States’ Department of Defense and is in charge of furthering research on possible weapon advancements, creating better artificial limbs for wounded soldiers, and, from time to time, creating futuristic robots that can help in tsunami situations.

Even with robots being created to sense body heat through rubble and help find bodies scattered throughout a disaster area, Bradley Tousely, head of DARPA’s tactical technology office, told AP the idea of creating robots that could climb ladders or carry objects requires “daunting feats of engineering and computer science.”

That said, it is a great first step into creating a world where humans and robots can exist and work cooperatively together in.

Right, Arnold?

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1 comment

  1. Bodangle | April 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I believe DARPA is actually 10-15 years ahead of where we think it is today , how about you?

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