Creepy Robot of the Day

Every new herky-jerky DARPA robot is creepier than the one before it.

PETMAN, a humanoid robot built in 2011 for the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), has been modified to climb stairs, as shown in the unsettling video above.

This is only the latest feat for PETMAN, which has already mastered walking. The robot’s confident swagger has been the butt of jokes, but it wasn’t designed to look like a human on the battlefield. PETMAN’s primary purpose is testing chemical protection clothing, according to creator Boston Dynamics’ website, and it can “simulate human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating when necessary.”

That’s what will be chasing you through the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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  • Corebela

    Instatly imagine it chasing me up some stairs which frightened me. Then read your thing about it chasing us through wasteland so thanks for that image now!

  • villemar

    Well I for one welcome our new Darpabot Overlords.

  • muselet

    PETMAN may be able to chase you, but at least it won’t be able to ambush you: it’d be too easy to spot with that flashing red light on top.

    –alopecia

  • D_C_Wilson

    Creepy, but awesome. We’re going to have Skynet/Cylons in our lifetime!

  • deazl666

    Where’s John Connor when we need him