This New, Lifelike DARPA Humanoid Robot Will Haunt Your Dreams For The Rest Of Time

Update: And now Google owns them.

Update 12/14/13: The New York Times confirmed late Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, the company behind the robots below.

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2. This is Petman, DARPA’s already terrifying, walking robot. But it’s about to be replaced…

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3. By this terrible machine-beast, Atlas. Atlas is 6 feet tall, has 28 hydraulic joints, articulated hands and feet, and an unflinching desire to see the machines rise again.

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4. Here it is pretending to conduct a symphony…a symphony of human suffering.

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5. This is what Atlas looks like as it chases you through the nightmarish halls of your mind.

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6. Normally, we’d suggest you head to higher ground, but that’s no use…

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7. Its gymnast-like balance means you can’t knock it over.

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8. What about tripping it? Sure, go ahead and try to trip it. That should wor—Nope.

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9. The machines are here.

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10. Stay vigilant.

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