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Boston Dynamics Atlas robot is running -- the better to chase Elon Musk down

Just a brisk little stroll through the park...

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Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
Sean Hollister

When Elon Musk last saw this robot in action, his tweet signaled fear.

But now, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot isn't just doing backflips. It's running freely outdoors.

Sure, the robot's "run" may be more of a brisk jog, but it looks far more agile than the last time we saw it walk outside for a bit. That was just two years ago.

And Musk's point is that these robots will keep improving.

Also see: the company's delightfully cute/creepy SpotMini robot dog, which appears to have just learned today how to walk itself.

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