Few things succeed in riling up the Internet faster, unleashing a unique cocktail of amazement and terror, than a new Boston Dynamics robot video.
The company’s latest YouTube submission: a 34-second clip of its boxy humanoid robot, Atlas, going for a jog in a grassy residential area on what appears to be a bright spring day.
With its electronic appendages unleashing an animatronic whine that falls somewhere between an electronic knife and a Xerox machine, Atlas even stops to hop over a log before casually going on his bipedal way.
In only a day, the video has racked up more than 900,000 page views, a testament to the powerful impression that Boston Dynamics’s videos continually leave on viewers. For some, Atlas is an exciting childlike underdog signaling that a Jetsons-like future is nearly upon us.
“Great job, Atlas!” one viewer commented. “So proud of you! Keep learning, my friend! :)”