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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

Humans evolve at a biological rate, technology evolves at an exponential rate, and ATLAS is improving all the time.

 

The majority of people like to assume that one day we will live, work and eat alongside robots in perfect harmony in the happy knowledge that we both have flaws. Humans need food, and robots are as nimble and as agile as a drunken panda at a teenagers eighteenth birthday party. But all that was before Boston Dynamics released their latest video of ATLAS, which is arguably the most advanced humanoid robot in existence.

 

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In the past it’s shown off its superior balancing skills, its ability to resist being kicked over by a horrible member of the Boston Dynamics team, and its ability to walk through snow covered woods, but now all that seems like a distant memory because, as you’ll be able to see from the video below our favourite robot has a new trick. Well, several actually – it can do Parkour.

 

Back Flips, Forward Flips and Face Plants

 

Yes, forget it flesh bag, you still need food but your robot buddy that you used to laugh at because it couldn’t walk down a slope, or up a single step hasn’t just surpassed you, it’s flipped the tables on you.

Now go and dig into that ice cream tub and cry salty tears, and may I suggest you don’t, I said don’t watch the video of a robot racing nine times world champion Valentio Rossi around the race track.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the 311 Institute, a global futures think tank working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future.” Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, CNBC, Discovery, RT, and Viacom, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring several Education and Lunar XPrize teams, building the first generation of biological computers and re-envisioning global education with the G20, and helping the world’s largest conglomerates ideate the next 20 years of intelligent devices and machines. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, BOA, Blackrock, Bentley, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, Du Pont, E&Y, HPE, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, UBS, and many more.

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