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Boston Dynamics’ robots ushered in the New Year with their new dance moves


Happy New Year! Last year, we wrote about Atlas, a Boston Dynamics humanoid robot designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks. The last time we checked in, Atlas was able to do simple parkours and running around the park performing backflips like a gymnast.

Then in September, Boston Dynamics upgraded Atlas to perform something similar to a floor routine in gymnastics. Atlas was also able to navigate a complicated obstacle course by using its whole body — legs, arms, torso — to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. Unlike the previous version of Atlas, Boston Dynamics claimed that Atlas was trained using “new techniques that streamline the development process.”

Now, the Massachusetts-based robotics firm is ushering us into the new year with new dance moves from Atlas and its two robotic friends. In the three-minute video, Atlas and the entire Boston Dynamics family, including the dog-like Spot and box-stacking Handle, dance to the “Do you love me” song at a Boston Dynamics facility. The video shows off the company’s impressive achievements in artificial intelligence.

In a post on Twitter, Boston Dynamics said, “Our whole crew got together to celebrate the start of what we hope will be a happier year. Happy New Year from all of us at Boston Dynamics.”


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