That’s the title of this video showing the latest development in robotics: the bipedal robot Atlas can now not only jump from place to place, both vertical and horizontally, it can also do stationary backflips!
These fields are moving fast, and I propose that the Straight Dope could use a place to inform about and monitor developments. For one, I think it’ll be interesting to be able to look back in a few years and see what things have come to fruition, what has languished and what has been supplanted by something that hasn’t even been developed yet.
It’s a subject that interests me enough that I spend some time most days at sites like futurism.com and wired.com and ieet.org trying to learn about what’s happening in these and other fields; surely I’m not alone amongst Dopers in my fascination with these things, right?
I’m hoping that this can be an informative and entertaining showcase; in addition to the above video, I’ll start us out with: