Rise of the Machines: Meet Google’s new humanoid robot, Atlas (VIDEO)

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We have visited this theme periodically over the years. The rise of artificial intelligence and these sorts of robots is cause for caution and concern.  (It is also cause for hope in many regards.)

Most radical technologies are greeted with trepidation. With time however they are accepted and incorporated into human life. Atlas and his robot brethren are likely no different. However it should be noted that Google (the maker of Atlas is Boston Dynamics which is part of Google) is now one of the largest defense contractors in the world. It’s not too difficult to imagine the designs the Pentagon has for these things, not to mention police forces, and who knows who else.

Just better hope they don’t become self aware. They might start lobbying Congress.