Top 10: Robots doing stuff that scares the &$#! out of me

Robotics Science

In truth, I regard the “robot uprising” meme with about the same level of seriousness as the “zombie apocalypse” meme. I suppose robots becoming sentient, independent, organized, and uncontrollably violent is at least plausible, but on the scale of plausible apocalypses, “robot revolution” is nowhere near the top of the list. More likely, in 100 years, robots will be tending to us like primates in a zoo.

So, in the spirit of fun, here’s a collection of videos showing the mad, mad foolishness that roboticists have been up to equipping our future overlords with their tools of power. Or, in a more realistic vein: Look at all the amazing stuff robots can do these days!


Child-stealing swarm-bots




High speed flexpicker sorting-bot


Tree-climbing snake-bot


2-ton jackhammer-wielding demolition-bot


Ultra-high-speed actuator hand-bot


Crazy accurate fast flying heli-bots


“Big dog” autonomous quadruped tracker-bot


Nuke guarding sentry-bot


Uncanniest of the uncanny baby-bots

I’m sure I’ve missed some good ones. Let me know, below!

4 thoughts on “Top 10: Robots doing stuff that scares the &$#! out of me

  1. carpespasm says:

    The last one reminds me of part of some japanese movie I saw a bit of. The scene has a man flicking a some sort of not-quite nut sack on a weird man which makes his super-elongated nipples spray various fluids while a young girl swings at the streams with a tennis racket. A leech-like creature comes out of the weird man then attaches to the girl’s armpit, and is then ridiculed, squeezed, and scolded to get it to let loose. The leech thing looks almost exactly like that robot in the last video. No idea where the movie part is or the name of it.

  2. says:

    The Lockheed Martin Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV). The noise alone would scare the &$#! out of me. And I mean that in the literal sense.


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