DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Sets New Speed Record

The top speed may not be that impressive versus a real cheetah, but for a robot it’s like greased lightning… Via Fox News:

A cheetah robot funded by the U.S. military has broken the land speed record while running on a lab treadmill. Its robotic display of athleticism gives hope for new battlefield robots that could prove nimbler than existing robots on wheels or tanklike treads.

The cheetah robot’s record-breaking sprint appeared in a new video posted by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today (March 5). Its top running speed of 18 mph (29 kph) is faster than the average human jogger, but still lags behind top human speeds of nearly 28 mph (45 kph) — perhaps a relief for anyone fearing a world where robots can outrun their human overlords.

Such a performance also pales next to real-life cheetahs that represent the world’s fastest land animal by reaching eye-watering speeds of 70 mph (112 kph). Still, the robot’s ability to mimic the cheetah’s natural stride by flexing and unflexing its back on each step allowed it to beat the previous record of 13.1 mph, set in 1989…

[continues at Fox News]

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9 Responses to DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Sets New Speed Record

  1. Happypedro March 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Impressive, but I’d rather see technologies used to solve problems like world hunger, climate change, and the development of more egalitarian forms of governance.  So much brain power being used here with these robots (most likely being developed for use in violent ways) that could be directed otherwise.

  2. GoodDoktorBad March 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Man, who knows not his own nature, creates the un-natural……and poorly at that.

    Mario sez:

    I can run faster than that metal chump. I am superior!!

  3. Zenc March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Didn’t they have something like that in _Fahrenheit 451_?

  4. Mogley71 March 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    cant wait till this starts chasing me down

  5. Liam_McGonagle March 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Great!  Now we can kill off all the obsolete and inefficient organ-oid versions.

    Free market’s in action:  making organic life obsolete.

  6. Chaorder Gradient March 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Zomg robot zerglings.

  7. Dr K March 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Pretty impressive but I’d just get off the tread mill … 

  8. Guest March 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Fuck Me Running

  9. JaceD March 7, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    This makes me think of Zoids… Could this be the beginning?! A little part of me wishes it so.

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