Watch a robot cheetah run off its leash and into your nightmares

Did you run this morning? Maybe you’ll go for a jog after work. If you’re looking to improve your speeds, you should imagine a robotic cheetah bearing down upon you. It’s not as far fetched as it may seem. After several years of work, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced today that their prototype robotic cheetah can now run free under its own power, without cables or wires attached. Ostensibly designed with futuristic search-and-rescue missions in mind and funded by the military (DARPA, of course), the robot cheetah has been updated with a new “bounding” algorithm that precisely controls the amount of force each foot exerts when it hits the ground. The cheetah recently took a test run through a field…

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