Robot of the Day: Google’s ‘Ian’ Mimics ‘Karate Kid’ Crane Stance

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Well this is terrifying. Not only will our future involve nightmarish robotic hell hounds chasing us through the woods, now we have to deal with robots trained in martial arts as well.

Boston Dynamics, the engineering company Google purchased back in December 2013, has released a new video showing Ian, an Atlas-model, "Agile Anthropomorphic Robot" that can move like the "Karate Kid."

Ian is 6'2" tall, weighs 330 pounds, and using software written by the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Interaction, it can also drive a car.

According to Boston Dynamic's website:

Atlas is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.

Wax on, wax off, and be very afraid.

One Man Experiences the Joy That Only a Chosen Few Ever Will

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News of the Day: Google to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

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The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the Twitch deal, according to sources. YouTube is far and away the No. 1 platform for Internet video, serving more than 6 billion hours of video per month to 1 billion users worldwide, and the company expects the Justice Department to take a hard look at whether buying Twitch raises anticompetitive issues in the online-video market.

Update: This happened.

Using Google as Social Barometer Reminds Everyone How Weird The Internet Has Made Us

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An 11-Year-Old Girl Made the Coolest Google Doodle Yet

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Google's newest doodle is the product of a contest asking children to design an invention that would improve the world. Audrey Zhang designed the "transformative water purifier" that you can see on the Google home page. Needless to say this is one ridiculously talented young illustrator.

Forget the Steering Wheel and Pedals, Google is Rolling Out Their Newest Prototype Self-Driving Car

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Google Shows How its Self-Driving Cars Are Getting Smarter

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