Robots Do Parkour Too
When a robot does parkour in your loungeroom, you know it’s time to either check your medication, or redecorate.
Thanks to the Boston Dynamics company in the US, which famously makes the creepiest robots on the planet (Remember those “dog” robots opening a door for each other?), robots can now do even more than before.
Having trained “Chuck Norris” their latest humanoid robot to do back flips (presumably to make it more appealing for a future boss), it can now leap up to 16 inch high blocks without breaking stride.
So Chuck can run into your lounge, leap up onto the settee. Then over to the dresser, before jumping down onto the coffee table and leaving the room.
No other robot can do what Chuck does. And people are wondering whether Boston Dynamics, which have scared us all repeatedly with their creepy robotics, have gone too far.
Perhaps we’ve watched too many scary movies about robots attacking humanity. Whatever, Chuck looks too capable and purposeful to be benign. And, who wants to see their living room trashed by a parkour robot leaping onto the furniture?
Promoted as a future “rescue robot”, the sight of Chuck running, then jumping over objects before doing a backflip is astounding. It’s also exceptionally disturbing
But, hey, that’s what Boston Dynamics do. Test our bladder control with fear.
You can’t help but be amazed and creeped out seeing Chuck do his parkour tricks. I mean, knowing he’s not in the slightest bit human.
And therein lies the anxiety.
What if Chuck isn’t just used to rescue people? Could he become some kind of killer robot used in military situations? What if he got used by criminals to do people in? As a kind of robotic killer for hire.
It’s definitely a big leap in imagination to consider Chuck waving a gun. But it’s not impossible.
And he certainly has the moves to get your attention.
Chuck could become the Parkour Killer even without a weapon. Just by shoving folk in front of a bus. Then jumping over cars to make his getaway. To get back to his hideout and lay low for a while.
Charge his batteries while he is on the lam.
Sure, it’s kind of wild making things that mimic human beings. But Chuck has definitely leapt into the uncanny valley. With his abilities to climb, run, and jump, he makes the old Robot from Lost in Space look like an elaborate hat stand with a fishbowl on his head.
No, Boston Dynamics have taken their robotic designs beyond comprehension, creating Chuck Norris. Not saying we should be frightened of parkour robots. Just that we ought to keep them out of the living room and make sure any charging points are well hidden. Oh, and keep your phasers on stun.