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WildCat Robot Ready to Run Free, Hunt Humans at up to 16 MPH

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Don’t worry, if you’re a world-class runner you can outrun this mean quadruped

For those who fear that one day our robotic contraptions may turn on us, you may have felt cold chill when witnessing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funded “Cheetah” — a headless robotic quadruped by Boston Dynamics. But at least Cheetah — faster than any human at speeds of 26 miles per hour — was constrained to a tether.

Well, your worst nightmares have now been realized as Cheetah is now running free as a next generation model dubbed “WildCat”.

The good news is that the untethered robotic cat (which bears a vague resemblance to the Transformer robot “Ravage”) isn’t quite as fast. WildCat is capable of galloping or bounding gates at speeds of up to 16 miles per hour, where as the the fastest human can reach speeds of 27.79 miles per hour (with Olympic training).

The bad news is that WildCat can cover a mile in just 3 minutes and 45 seconds. That’s faster than any American alive today or any human for that matter, save three men — Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj, who holds the world record for running a mile in 3 min 43.13 seconds; Kenyan Noah Ngeny (3:43.40); and Algerian Noureddine Morceli (3:44.39).

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