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.


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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, award winning Futurist and Founder of the 311 Institute is described as "The Adviser behind the Advisers." Recognised for the past five years as one of the world's foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an author, entrepreneur international speaker who helps investors, multi-nationals, regulators and sovereign governments around the world envision, build and lead the future. Today, asides from being a member of Centrica's prestigious Technology and Innovation Committee and mentoring XPrize teams, Matthew's accomplishments, among others, include playing the lead role in helping the world's largest smartphone manufacturers ideate the next five generations of mobile devices, and what comes beyond, and helping the world's largest high tech semiconductor manufacturers envision the next twenty years of intelligent machines. Matthew's clients include Accenture, Bain & Co, Bank of America, Blackrock, Bloomberg, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Du Pont, E&Y, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, HPE, Huawei, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, McKinsey & Co, Monsanto, PWC, Qualcomm, Rolls Royce, SAP, Samsung, Schroeder's, Sequoia Capital, Sopra Steria, UBS, the UK's HM Treasury, the USAF and many others.

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