Nerd with a Hockey Stick Picks a Fight with a Robot and Lives to Tell the Tale

Boston Dynamics new “Atlas” Robot is the Most Patient Punching Bag You Will Ever Kick


File this guy’s obvious abuse of power under: “bad ideas.” Apparently, he’s never seen, nor heard of, any of the Terminator movies. Anyone familiar with the film franchise knows: one way or another, the machines are going to become “self-aware,” start kicking people’s butts and take over the world.



Those of us “in the know” choose to be super nice to robots, 100% of the time. We want to be in their good graces when the grease hits the fan! Heck, I brought flowers home for my microwave, you know, just in case?

Watch this dude stick-check and kick a robot, and live to tell the tale (for now)


Watching this guy hockey check and kick a defenseless robot makes me super nervous for both him and his extended family (because…time travel) they’re all in deep trouble when this 180 lb pile of steel realizes who ‘s really in charge.

About the Google / Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot:

Atlas is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.

Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso.

An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.
Several copies of the Atlas robot are being provided as Government Furnished Equipment for the DARPA Robotics Challenge program with delivery scheduled in the summer of 2013.

The more likely outcome, the next time this guy kicks a robot:

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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A graduate of the Richard Farmer School of Business Marketing at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries. He enjoys many outlets for creativity including working on custom cars and guitars. He’s also a fan of Formula1 racing and the Cincinnati Bengals. Adam currently lives in Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Nora and son Otto.