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Robotics firm Boston Dynamics has unveiled the latest version of itshighly-advanced Atlas robot, showing the machine performing parkour tricks over obstacles.

'The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace,' the video's description states.

An array of sensors and cameras mounted on the robot's back were used in the latest demonstration to let it carry out 'even more detailed inspection work on site' while it autonomously navigates up and down stairs and through half-built rooms.

Boston Dynamics' robots can now go for a jog outside and avoid obstacles

Boston Dynamics, a Softbank-owned robotics firm, released new videos on Thursday showing off some new robot tricks.

In the latest video, SpotMini is autonomously navigating around a lab, avoiding obstacles and can walk up and down stairs.

Boston Dynamics shows its Atlas robot has picked up some impressive athletic skills

In a new YouTube video from robotics company Boston Dynamics, which Alphabet sold to SoftBank last year, a robot is shown hopping over a log and then up a series of blocks, an activity called parkour.

In a 2007 New Yorker article, parkour is described as 'a quasi commando system of leaps, vaults, rolls, and landings designed to help a person avoid or surmount whatever lies in his path.'

Boston Dynamics shows video of its Atlas humanoid robot running and jumping over obstacles

The machine effortlessly finds its way through narrow corridors, open spaces both inside and outside the workplace, and even up and down a staircase.    In a written statement, a spokesman for the firm said: 'SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility.  'Before the test, the robot is manually driven through the space so it can build a map of the space using visual data from cameras mounted on the front, back and sides of the robot.  'During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles.  'Once the operator presses 'GO' at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own.

'For added fun, sing 'It's the end of the world as we know it' by REM whilst watching.' But many seem unconcerned over the creations.  Barb Sabran, who lives in Massechusets, Boston Dynamics home county, added: 'Run Forrest, I mean Atlas, run!'  When robots become sentient we better hope they don't see footage of a Boston Dynamics employee taunting the firm's latest creation.

In the minute-long video, titled 'Testing Robustness', a human can be seen armed with a hockey stick The man attempts to stop SpotMini from opening a door, a trick revealed by the firm the previous week.  He first stops the robot with the stick, pushing a new arm attachment away from the door.

This results in a small piece of its back breaking off.   Black Mirror explores what could happen if machines like this turn on us, in an episode titled Metalhead from the fourth season of the Netflix series.  It depicts a terrifying quest for survival in a world where robo-dogs can outrun and outsmart humans.  The episode came about ‘from watching Boston Dynamics videos,' but crossed with the film All Is Lost, creator Charlie Brooker told EW.  ‘And with those videos, there’s something very creepy watching them where they get knocked over, and the look sort of pathetic laying there, but then they slowly manage to get back up.’ SpotMini recently hit the headlines when Boston Dynamics posted a video showing off its creepy canine opening a door all on his own.

The robot has an amazing ability to keep its balance even when users try to push it over.  To stay standing, Atlas has stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors that give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel rough terrain.  According to Boston Dynamics, 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.

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