The Only Job Humanoid Robots Are Good at Is Making Hilarious GIFs
founder, Marc Raibert, recently gave a
where he trotted out some of the company's
. The talk mostly features robot tricks we've seen before, except for a
brilliant outtake of ATLAS
trying to help out in a cafeteria that probably serves as the most accurate look at what life with humanoid
Raibert's lab, which is now owned by Japan's Softbank , hasn't delivered much in terms of consumer-ready products-unless you count the wonderful GIFs of robots stumbling, falling, and generally making you wonder why these things cost millions of dollars to build.
On one hand, it's disappointing to have more proof that your dream of owning a competent robotic housekeeper isn't going to materialize for at least a few more decades. But on the other hand, watching these robots stumble around like drunk toddlers means there's no reason to fear a robot uprising until you're retired and no longer care about the future.