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“Cheetahs,” Designed and Undesigned. Or So They Say.

David Klinghoffer


Kudos to the engineers funded by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) who have set a speed record with their latest robot design, called Cheetah, which has now been clocked galloping at 18 miles per hour. The Boston Globe reports:

Cheetah follows other Boston Dynamic prototype designs with potential military and civilian uses, including the pack robot BigDog and Petman, a machine resembling a human figure that will be used to test clothing designed to protect soldiers from chemical warfare agents.
Although Cheetah is a research platform, potential uses include emergency rescue and disaster response, particularly over rough terrain, according to Boston Dynamics.
The Cheetah is designed to go even faster as development continues, according to [Boston Dynamics president Marc] Raibert.

Nice! The kind of cheetah found in nature — you know, the “undesigned” one, they live in Africa — goes up to 75 mph, with an acceleration of 0 to 62 in 3 seconds.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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