Humans aren’t the only ones who can push it to the limit and pull off a sweet training montage.
Below, set to “Scarface (Push It to the Limit)”, the best humanoid robots we’ve come up with are being tested with all the intensity of Tony Montana’s rise to power. It’s part hilarious, part fascinating, and part creepy:
With cuts of videos from DARPA and Boston Dynamics, the video features some of the major players that will be competing at the DARPA Robotics challenge later this year. The GIF at the top of the post features PETMAN, a humanoid robot that is used to test chemical protection clothing and confident strutting (probably). We also see Atlas near the middle of the video, showing off incredible balance and stability.
The fact that the montage music works almost perfectly with the efforts of these robots shows how far robotics has come. Robot balancing and movement is now so good it’s creepy — the uncanny valley doesn’t just apply to faces. And that’s a good thing! Many of these humanoid robots will end up in some research or rescue role, whether that be testing dangerous equipment or venturing into areas humans won’t dare.
In other words, our best robots will be pushing it to the limit to make sure we’re stayin’ alive.