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Watercooler: How fast can you run?

I have a thing for automata and Rube Goldberg devices and robots. But this freaks me out a tad:

The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.

The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.

While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications.

My google-fu failed me, and I was only halfheartedly looking, to tell the truth, to find recent top  human speeds. Because no matter what they are, that’s for some few highly dedicated and trained individuals. Because you and I can’t run that fast. For miles. And miles. And miles. So what is this damned thing for?

Anyhow, there are some choice comments (which I normally recommend avoiding – they’re often worse than local newspaper comments) on the youtube itself:

Do a barrel? roll!

excuse? me, i will now go build a new house with all the bricks i just laid while watching this.

KILL IT!? KILL IT WITH FIRE!

Can it transform into a cassette? tape?

It’s the? legs. Those, cold, soulless, scythes it calls legs. . .

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