Nightmare Fuel of the Day: Terrifying Robotic Cheetah Has Learned to Jump

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Well, it’s only a matter of time now.

We’ve seen self-flying drones, supercharged drones, robotic hell hounds that can withstand a good kicking and human-like bots that are taking over businesses in Japan.

Pretty soon we will be slaves to these things, which are growing smarter every day.

Researchers at MIT have successfully created “the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously” thanks to new technological developments with its DARPA-funded robotic cheetah.

It uses a built-in laser system called LIDAR to see things in its line of vision and then figures out the best way to go get over it.

For example, imagine a swarm of rebel Amazon drones just dropped a bunch of Kindle Fire tablets on your head putting you out of commission.

If one of these robotic cats happen to come across your lifeless corpse, it could very easily leap over it without any sort of human guidance.

Here’s an explanation of how it works from MIT’s press release:

To get a running jump, the robot plans out its path, much like a human runner: As it detects an approaching obstacle, it estimates that object’s height and distance. The robot gauges the best position from which to jump, and adjusts its stride to land just short of the obstacle, before exerting enough force to push up and over. Based on the obstacle’s height, the robot then applies a certain amount of force to land safely, before resuming its initial pace.

It was able to successfully conquer hurdles up to 18-inches tall while going about 5mph.

Here’s a less threatening video of the cheetah running across some grass, but don’t be deceived by the innocent-looking prance.

The end is neigh.

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Tech of the Day: Boston Dynamics Gets a Kick Out of Their New Robotic Dog ‘Spot’

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Google-owned Boston Dynamics has been terrifying us for years with their advancements in robotic hell hounds, but their latest video features something slightly less frightening and kinda cute.

Spot is a four-legged, 160-pound robot that is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, and it has a sensor on its head to help it navigate.

Watch it march around the grounds and through their offices, occasionally getting kicked by the staff.

While we know it’s just a robot and it doesn’t have real emotions, it still makes you fell kinda bad watching it react to the abuse.

“No robots were harmed in the making of this video,” they write at the end.

What’s more worrisome, however, is that larger model accompanying Spot up the hill later on in the clip. You do not want to mess with that thing.

Robots are already managing hotels in Japan and eating women in South Korea. And Singapore is hard at work creating a nightmarish eel drone.

It’s really only a matter of time before all of these advancements blow up in our face and we are slaves or dogfood to these creatures.

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This Mechanical Digger Leaving a Ditch is What Everyone Feels Like on Friday Morning

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That slow crawl out of the ditch... we've all been there, buddy.

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'Merica of the Day: The Motorcycle That Runs on Bacon Grease

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Insane Video of the Day: Israel's Iron Dome Intercepts 15 Rockets at Once

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The video depicts men and women entering bomb shelters in an unidentified Israeli city.

Warning: The video is really loud.

LEGO Craftsmanship of the Day: Tallest Possible LEGO Tower?

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According to a recent study by BBC Radio's statistical literacy program More or Less, the tallest stable LEGO structure would be comprised of 375,000 lego bricks and stand 3.5km (2.17 miles) high before the brick at the base of the tower finally gave in to the weight. The current world record for the tallest LEGO structure was set in 2011 by Sao Paulo's multi-colored monolith made from 500,000 bricks that is 102 feet and 3 inches tall. Hat tip goes to BoingBoing.

Nice Structure of the Day

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The G-Cans Project (formally known as the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel) is the world's largest flood water drain facility located 50 meters below ground in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. Built between 1992 and 2009, the massive underground tunnel system is equipped with four jet-powered turbines and five gargantuan water silos that can drain floodwaters at an impressive rate of a 25-meter swimming pool per second.