The Defense Department builds a robot that can outrun Usain Bolt. How does that make you feel, flesh monkeys?
Forget about the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, and all the other apocalyptic works you know and love. There is visual evidence that The End of Humanity is upon us, and sorry Walking Dead lovers, it is of a cybernetic nature.
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Department of Defense division devoted to the advancement technology for military purposes, has developed Cheetah, a robot it claims is faster than Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
What's worse, it has the visual evidence to prove it.
Why is the DOD
wasting spending your hard earned tax dollars on such a seeming bizarre project? DARPA claims it's to "understand and engineer into robots certain core capabilities that living organisms have refined over millennia of evolution," and to gain "technological building blocks that create possibilities for a whole range of robots suited to future Department of Defense missions." Also, it wants to contininue of the long tradition of US defense projects that come back to haunt mankind like the atomic bomb, and Agent Orange.
This of course brings the world one step closer to the day humanity has to hide in spider holes to avoid the high-definition optic receptors of the cybernetic constructs that are programed to hunt it down into extinction. Or develop Ultron-like Oedipus complexes that seek to turn the female population into their own personal Jocastas. Isn't science grand?