DARPA keeps on pumping out fun toys for mortals to get freaked out about and the Cheetah robot is no exception. On the Youtube page the researchers give a glowing description:
The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.
The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.
Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, is able to run about 23mph. It is safe to assume you can’t outrun the Cheetah Robot, which clocks speeds upwards of 18mph. Even on a bicycle, 18mph is fast and if you are being chased by the Cheetah robot you better hope you are peddling downhill.
All this time it was thought robots were being developed to simply go to the refrigerator and get us food but it turn out they can also help us run to the store and get us food, in case the fridge is empty.
Does anyone remember the old commercials of the guy running with voices in the background telling people what they want to be when they grow up? At the end of the ad you see that it was a police officer chasing the guy the whole time and the voice finally says, “nobody says I want to be a junky when I grow up.” That is probably not the perfect regurgitation of childhood propaganda but it’s funny in a scary way to imagine that ‘junky’ now being chased down by this crazy Cheetah robot. If you want to scare kids forever, THAT would be an effective commercial.
Let’s face it, outrunning cops as a teenager is a reality for many of us, both in cities and rural area’s, all races upbringings. And let’s face it, it was usually pretty easy, especially at night. With the Cheetah lurking around, our only option would have been to stay home, play video games and look at porn–just like the government wants us to.
Why is it old anti-drug commercial’s are so funny? How much do you want to bet the writers were stoned when they wrote this crap.
Anyways, not to veer off subject, all hail robots and scary military weaponry. Throw on a gun, camera and a laser and you’ve got yourself a killing machine: for our protection of course.