Terrifying Humanoid Robot ATLAS Defeated By Block Of Wood

Of course. The one weakness we did not anticipate.

ATLAS–the totally incredible Boston Dynamics robot that strikes love and fear into the hearts of all who witness its humanoid stride–is having a tough time lately. Last month it broke its ankle during its first live demonstration, and now it crumples when trying to walk through some minor debris. This footage, taken by a team from Florida’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, shows the rescue ‘bot flailing and falling over a piece of wood while trying to traverse the rubble. We once thought it was untrippable, too.