by Andre on 24 March 2008
Here’s a great video of “Big Dog,” a quadruped robot that walks up and down hills and shows some very impressive balance:
Big Dog was made by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. Its balance looks very life-like but what really surprised me was how much empathy I felt for the thing when it was kicked or when it almost fell on the ice. Apparently I will be of no use to the human race during the eventual take over by cute biomimetic robots.