The Googlebot cuts the cord: Giant humanoid robot overhauled and made wireless in bid to win $2m prize in US Government's 'Robot Olympics' | The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. The robot boasts 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision, and is one of the most advanced robots ever created. Atlas will also now carry an onboard 3.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
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Robots may make it harder for some Americans to get ahead | So if advanced robots knock out more automatable jobs, will lower-skilled workers fall further from the pack and essentially vanish from the American jobs landscape? This is a big debate among economists and experts on robotics.
Birds served as the inspiration for a robot that could prove to be the world's fastest on two mechanical feet. Researchers in the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University are working on the robot they call ATRIAS, whose carbon-fiber legs will employ fiberglass springs to operate like a pogo stick. The robot could be useful in disaster areas that are too dangerous for humans to enter.
In 10 years, spending on robots overall will reach $67 billion, up from $15 billion spent in 2010, according to estimates from the Boston Consulting Group. Higher adoption of robots, especially in the manufacturing of transport equipment, electronics and electrical appliances, could lead to a 22 percent reduction in labor costs in the United States by 2025, according to BCG.