MIT — Our robot overlord have arrived, and they’re more adorable than you could have imagined.
Meet the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) “mini cheetah” robots. They’re flexible, lighter than some Thanksgiving turkeys (20 pounds), and will someday rule us all.
Don’t believe me?
According to their developers, these robots are “virtually indestructible,” and the first four-legged robot to complete a backflip — on their first try, no less. The team is making more of the little death machines to send to other labs and hopes to eventually be able to throw them through windows (for exploration purposes, duh).
That’s right. They hunt in packs, are nearly impossible to destroy, and scientists are making more. It’s almost like a ... dare I say it ... a robot army.
So, without further ado, please meet your future owners (in this video):
Yes, the robot apocalypse is coming, and I’m not sure I can be upset. Look at those cute little guys run into each other and play in the leaves. They hop like tiny rabbits, play soccer, generally frolic, perform hilarious acrobatics, and ...are those synchronized stretching exercises? Wow. The bionic future is as bright as it is terrifying.
Until they slaughter us all in a glorious revolution, the developers hope to program them for robotic dog races. And when they do come for me, tiny guns in their tiny little robot legs, they’ll be so cute I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist them.