Real robots (not Chappie types) are not able of empathy, simply because they don’t have a rich knowledge of the self and can’t identify themselves with humans, yet. Still, we couldn’t help feeling sorry for this new chap, the latest Atlas from Boston Dynamics, when one guy pushed him around to show that he can toughen up and get back on his feet.
After some alterations, Boston Dynamics showed the robot could walk over rough terrain, open doors and even pick heavy boxes from the floor, doing some squats in the meantime.
But could he mantain balance, one of the toughest things for a humanoid robot? Indeed, he could. Every time his box would be thrown away by a “nasty” human, the robot stubbornly tried to lift it up, walking confident. After one harder push, he fell down only…. to stand up on his feet in a matter of seconds.
This remarkable robot is “electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs”, Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Alphabet Co., states in the video’s description.