It's coming to get you (Credit: Boston Dynamics)
Meet their latest creation: the WildCat, a wireless robotic speed freak that runs faster than most of us bipeds. Give it half a brain and a switchblade and we’re doomed:
Built by Boston Dynamics and funded by DARPA, the WildCat is a cousin of the terrifying “Cheetah” robot unveiled last year. Though the Cheetah can hit speeds up to 28 mph -- that’s faster than Usain Bolt -- the WildCat manages a “mere” 16 mph (comparatively, the average human being can sprint for very short distances at about 15 mph).
On the other hand, the WildCat has no cords keeping it tethered to its human overlords. It just wirelessly (and tirelessly) runs free, guided by some sort of remote control that I’m sure another robot will soon enough reprogram to only work when accessed by a robot. At least it’s incredibly loud, so you don’t have to worry about the Wildcat sneaking up on you or anything.
But this is how it starts, people…and we all know how it ends.
- Technology & Electronics