Robot to be Untethered

Photo: The Atlantic

Everyone’s favorite terrifying humanoid is about to lose the system of cables and tubes that feeds it a steady diet of power, fluids and data.







  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Wow, that thing is seriously frightening looking. It’s like the first generation Terminator, the exoskeleton without the cyborg skin. Please keep that thing on a leash!!

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Memo to MIT: Please DO NOT untether that thing!!

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Please tell me if it goes “automous” with nefarious intent that it can be disabled by an EMP blast or something?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Other than destroying people and property, what else is it going to be used for?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Is this secretly some kind of “super-soldier” project being funded by DARPA?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Technology is getting really scary these days. The sight of that thing is enough to frighten little kids…and adults!

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    What is it that they plan on using it for? Other than taking 2 minutes to pick up a 2×4 in its way. And frightening the bejeezus out of people…

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Is there an emergency shut-off switch on this thing? You know, just in case

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Perhaps it could be used as a rescue machine by the fire dept or other rescue crews, sort of like the “jaws-of-life”?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    How much money has this cost so far in R&D and implementation?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    “Everyone’s favorite terrifying humanoid” – ain’t that the truth. Well, one could replace “humanoid” with “Terminator”

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    How much does this terrifying monstrosity weigh?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    What is the strength capacity of this thing? How much weight will this thing be able to lift or manipulate?

  • Reply July 3, 2014


    Maybe I missed it but have they given it a “pet name” yet? I mean, other than “Terminator” or “Robocop”?

  • Reply July 3, 2014

    Jason X

    What kind of carbon footprint is this thing going to leave?

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    What’s with all the hatin on the MIT (DARPA?) Terminators – let’s perfect them and then untether them into Afghanistan and see how long the Taliban lasts.

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Maxim Heiddeger

    Ditto for Iraq – instead of a stay-behind force of 10k US soldiers or so, just untether about 1,000 Terminators in and around the Green Zone and bye-bye ISIS!

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    It’s our enemies that should be frightened of them, not us…

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    MIT – “Making Indomitable Terminators”

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    You think it’s just coincidence that MIT is only located about 14 miles from the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (basically, a mini-DARPA specifically for creating future super soldier systems)??

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Those “Terminators” look kinda like those alien robots from that horrible Universal movie “Battleship” that came out a couple years ago, starring Liam Neeson, Rihanna and Taylor Kitsch.

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Ya, and to think Peter Berg directed that, the same guy that did “Lone Survivor” and “Friday Night Lights”

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    By the way, I think the robot’s name is “Atlas,” not “Terminator”

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Atlas is only the prototype name – it will officially be Terminator very soon.

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Has no one wondered whether Atlas/Terminator is actually male or female?

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Probably Androgynous

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Look at that thing – that could be the next coolest action figure toy on the market!

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Seriously, forget the Transformer toys. Atlas kicks Atlass!

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Nerdin it

    There could be Atlas/Terminator dueling contests, like the old school Mattel ‘Rock’em Sock’em’ Robots!

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    Of course, toys aside, we could still use them to kill the bad guys

  • Reply July 15, 2014


    They could be modified to function in zero atmospheres too, to staff and repair satellites. And also kill space aliens as necessary.

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