GovTV

Say hello to your new robot overlords

Welcome to GovTV -- an occasional feature from FCW that showcases agency videos on science, IT and other related topics.

This first installment comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which on July 11 unveiled the android being used by seven teams in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

ATLAS, a 330-pound robot standing six feet, two inches, boasts 28 hydraulically actuated joints, LIDAR and stereo vision, and two interchangeable sets of hands.

"ATLAS is one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built," the DARPA announcement stated, "but is essentially a physical shell for the software brains and nerves that the teams will continue to develop and refine."

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