Watch The Boston Dynamics Robot Take A Surreal Hike In The Woods

An extremely odd and rare sighting...but maybe not for long?

Oh, Boston Dynamics. The maker of cool/creepy robots resembling humans and beasts is at it again. This time, the company took its Atlas robot out for a walk in the woods, complete with an entourage of attendants carrying its cables on foot, and more people driving its power generator in a golf cart.

The surreal sight was posted on Reddit yesterday, and was reportedly captured by the Redditor's mother while out on a hike with her dog. Both look pretty stunned at the procession. And who wouldn't be, in this day and age? Though as another commenter points out, it could become much more common:

This is going to be remembered as one of those old, grainy black and white silent films from the early days of the automobiles. It will look quaint to have a power cable and a bunch of people attending to it. We (or our children) will laugh at how stilted the walking is/was. We'll look at the present-day-to-be robots that "keep us safe" and think, "there was a time when we could have stopped this..."

But if Boston Dynamics is going to be the one to usher in that era of commonplace, smooth-moving robots, it will have to prove first it can stand apart from its previous owner, Google — either as a subsidiary of another larger brand, or on its own two (or four) feet.