Robot Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt

Okay, so, um, the machines are winning

May 30, 2014
Outside Magazine
OutsideOnline Raptor Bot Korea KAIST YouTube Korea Advanced Institute of Sci tech robot 46-kilometers per hour Usain Bolt fastest world's bi-pedal running navigate obstacles stable lightweight composite material

Okay, it really is faster than Bolt.    KAIST/YouTube

It's true: The machines are winning.

The Raptor, a new technological creation from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), isn't as fast as another robot, Boston Dynamics' famous Cheetah bot, but its top speed of 46 kilometers per hour beats that of Usain Bolt (43.92), the fastest man alive.

Significantly (and perhaps disturbingly), the three-kilogram Raptor is bipedal; its two legs are constructed from a lightweight composite material. It also has a tail that allows it to remain stable as it runs and navigates obstacles. Each leg also has a tendon of sorts that allows the robot to reclaim some of the energy spent during its runs.

There are currently no plans for practical applications of the robot, save, perhaps, for eventually ruling the human race.

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