In a video released Tuesday, Atlas jumps around, performing handstands and smooth flips that most humans couldn’t pull off. The robot even lands a 360-degree turn. As many on social media have pointed out, Atlas may as well be Simone Biles.
“Atlas uses its whole body — legs, arms, torso — to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine,” the video’s caption reads. “We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process.”
As droves have pointed out online, that makes for a pretty eerie watching experience.
Who is telling them to do this?
It’s not cool
— James Powers (@_James_Powers) September 24, 2019
While many commenters were disturbed by the video, writing “We’re doomed” and “This is bad,” some were more impressed.
I love him…
— ?˗ˏˋuıʍʇʎdəəɹɔˎˊ˗?King of the Reply Guys?️? (@creeptwin) September 24, 2019
Other Twitter users had ideas for what Atlas should be programmed to do next.
Impressive demonstration. Although, I'm not so sure there's a practical reason to have a humanoid gymnastics robot.
Make it do housework and yard work, and we can talk.
— Victor (@NCCNeon) September 25, 2019
Wait till it hits you with that kpop choreography, I'll be impressed then ?
— bruiserwoods (@rickytwtr) September 25, 2019
We’ll leave you with this:
And that's how the end of the humans started, with the gymnastics.
— ???? ??????? (@VillarosaArts) September 25, 2019