Created by American robotics company, Boston Dynamics, Atlas stands at 150 cm tall, weighs 75 KG, has 28 joints and can backflip. Yes, backflip, with ease! It is also capable of two handed mobile manipulation by taking advantage of LiDAR and Stereo vision technology.
Try to push the humanoid over and it will counteract this notion with the necessary redistribution of weight and force needed to sustain balance to continue with it’s original task, undisrupted. Even if you can knock Atlas over, it can simply stand up again unassisted.
It can traverse complex landscapes, tackle hills, obstacles and even jump across steps. Atlas has also demonstrated the ability to carry out basic logistical operations such as individually moving a small shipment of boxes in a warehouse.
could potentially be used to carry out some basic aspects of everyday tasks, right? Wrong.
The basic traits mentioned above are essentially the foundations of what every single human being needs to possess in order to hold down a job within many aspects of the manual labour trade.
Obviously, this also includes being able to process the environment around them, identify individual objects, understand what to do with said object and know where to put the object which, Atlas is more than capable of achieving with greater accuracy.
This developing technology also has huge implications for many other industries such as Hospitality, Retail, Engineering and even Health Care.
Atlas will be able to work faster than you, longer than you, will never make mistakes, won’t ask for time off, won’t get sick, won’t complain, won’t ask for a pay rise and will never retire, this humanoid already has the skills, dexterity and technology to replace hundreds of millions of workers around the world.
It’s estimated that 137.3 million working days are lost due to sickness or injury in the UK alone costing employers £29 Billion every year. Imagine as an employer not only being able to almost wipe out this financial burden but also, not even having to pay your staff a wage.
In theory, it could be programmed to carry out any task usually undertaken by a human within these job markets, and more. If you think about many jobs on a fundamental level, they only require a simple set of abilities in order for that position to be fulfilled.
Simply program the robot to understand the menu and an order from a customer. It can already walk to collect the food and bring it to the table. The UK employs 222,200 as a waiter or waitress whilst In the USA, some 15,620 people occupy the same role within the leisure and hospitality industry, so imagine the impact that would have on the global job market and unemployment rates.
In the not so distant future, this humanoid will be so cheap to produce and seriously easy to customize for any type of business, it will replace millions upon millions of people all over the globe.
It will come with several optional parts to carry out multiple tasks, you’ll be able to load it with thousands of programs dedicated to simple and comlex tasks, have it running 24 hours a day and reduce your overheads by hundreds of thousands of pounds in some cases.
This technology is still in it’s early stages, however, considering the exponential advancement of Artificial Intelligence, we could easily see Atlas, or its predecessors, replacing police officers, fire fighters, even surgeons.
Atlas is a revolution and you WILL be obsolete.