Worried About the Future? Here’s What Science is Doing To Make You Worry More

You thought you were safe for a while? Ah, no.

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BY Chris Matyszczyk - 17 Nov 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.


You know you're going to be replaced by a robot in the end, don't you?

The only question is how long it's going to take.

If you're lucky -- read, rich -- you might be a human-robot hybrid human within the next 20 years.

For you, the transition will be smooth.

For too many, however, the crevices of science are already preparing your elimination.

Take Atlas.

We used to be impressed when he shrugged.

We used to laugh when he fell off a stage.

Times have changed.

The formerly stumbling robot Atlas -- for we're talking about Boston Dynamics' notorious creation here -- is no longer a bumbler.

He's now a sure-footed adventurer.

In new footage posted by his makers, it looks like Atlas is training for American Ninja Warrior.

He jumps up on blocks and skips from one to the other.

Then he does a leaping about-turn.

If this was the Olympics, Atlas's markedly improved performance would surely lead to a drug test.

Oh, but then he does a backflip and actually sticks the landing.

It's very impressive and simultaneously concerning.

Soon, we won't have to worry about NFL players getting injured. They'll all just roll off the Atlas production line. When they get injured, the teams will just get a new one.

Think of other sports these robots will ruin. Gymnastics, obviously.

But hockey, too. Watching bits of metal punch each other will merely be comedy. We American humans prefer to watch real Canadians punch each other.

I fear, though, that Atlas has become a touch arrogant. After he stays on his feet, he raises his arms as if he believes that he's really something and deserves at least a 9.9 from the judges.

You're a few bits of metal that make a lot of whiny noises, sir. Don't get too cocky.

There's nothing we humans can do, of course. Except perhaps move to a remote jungle.

Many scientists have decided that their main purpose is to create metal and plastic versions of humans, ones that can do backflips better than we can.

Because progress simply cannot be halted.

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