Vice President, Rational Smarter Product Development
IBM Software Group
What an amazing time to be an engineer. Advances in mechanical and electrical design, combined with efficient energy sources and sophisticated software are making incredible things possible. This robot (Wildcat), sponsored by DARPA, can run, untethered, like a cheetah (although not quite as fast yet). Watching it run is mesmerizing as it appears almost alive as it wakes up and begins to move. It is impressive to see machines be able to mimic the complex motions of nature, and to do so without a hard wire connection to a computer or power source .
Robots have been supporting us for decades, but this level of autonomy and mobility is groundbreaking. Our science fiction future is getting close every day.