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Boston Dynamics' Cheetah robot sets land speed record (video)

We're thinking these designers might not have seen "The Terminator."

We're thrilled at the successes of local business Boston Dynamics.

But we're not going to lie. Watching a recent video from the Waltham company made us wonder if these guys have ever seen "The Terminator."

A video posted on YouTube Sunday by the company shows its Cheetah robot setting a land speed record. The Cheetah gallops at a speed of 18 mph in the video.

According to the company, the Cheetah, a four-legged robot, is being developed with funding from the military's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program.

It plans to test a free-running version of the robot that will run "unplugged" in the field later this year.

As the technology is developed, we know the potential exists for it to do a lot of good and that it may even save some of the lives of our brave military members.

But the robots in "The Terminator" could only move about at a leisurely pace and still managed to take over the world. We just hope director James Cameron's version of the future isn't right.

The video can be seen below:

 
 
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