Robot Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt
Okay, so, um, the machines are winning
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.