GM and NASA make giant leap in Robotic Technology (+video)

GM and NASA make giant leap in Robotic Technology (+video)

If robots never freaked you out before, things are about to change as NASA and GM have teamed up to create some creepy-looking humanoids.

Called R1 and R2, the Astrobots are designed to perform tasks that are too dangerous for humans.

To perform these functions, the robots have been equipped with dexterous hands, which allow them to grab objects like a human would. According to a human spokesman for the robots they “can work safely alongside people, a necessity both on Earth and in space.”

NASA big title Doug Cooke – associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, said “This cutting-edge robotics technology holds great promise, not only for NASA, but also for the nation. I’m very excited about the new opportunities for human and robotic exploration these versatile robots provide across a wide range of applications.”

Cooke’s excitement was repeated by GM’s vice president for global research and development, Alan Taub, who said “…this is about safer cars and safer plants. When it comes to future vehicles, the advancements in controls, sensors and vision technology can be used to develop advanced vehicle safety systems. The partnership’s vision is to explore advanced robots working together in harmony with people, building better, higher quality vehicles in a safer, more competitive manufacturing environment.”

It’s not entirely clear how exactly the robot technology is going to make cars better. R1 and R2 are sure to spark speculation that the start of a Terminator-style human vs robot war is imminent.

Check out the video and images below to see legless robots pumping iron and performing other semi-sinister duties.

If robots never freaked you out before, things are about to change as NASA and GM have teamed up to create some creepy-looking humanoids.

Called R1 and R2, the Astrobots are designed to perform tasks that are too dangerous for humans.

To perform these functions, the robots have been equipped with dexterous hands, which allow them to grab objects like a human would. According to a human spokesman for the robots they “can work safely alongside people, a necessity both on Earth and in space.”

NASA big title Doug Cooke – associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, said “This cutting-edge robotics technology holds great promise, not only for NASA, but also for the nation. I’m very excited about the new opportunities for human and robotic exploration these versatile robots provide across a wide range of applications.”

Cooke’s excitement was repeated by GM’s vice president for global research and development, Alan Taub, who said “…this is about safer cars and safer plants. When it comes to future vehicles, the advancements in controls, sensors and vision technology can be used to develop advanced vehicle safety systems. The partnership’s vision is to explore advanced robots working together in harmony with people, building better, higher quality vehicles in a safer, more competitive manufacturing environment.”

It’s not entirely clear how exactly the robot technology is going to make cars better. R1 and R2 are sure to spark speculation that the start of a Terminator-style human vs robot war is imminent.

Check out the video and images below to see legless robots pumping iron and performing other semi-sinister duties.

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