Amazing advancements in technology in recent years have led to some terrifying robots currently in development. With those advancements come new opportunities that we have never before thought possible. Robots today are capable of going to the furthest reaches of the planet, communicate like humans, and even learn, but as anyone who has watched any of the “Terminator” movies can tell you, this could be just as scary a prospect as it is exciting.
Nowadays, we have robots that can outrun us, outsmart us, and even some that can kill us if they tried. As AI improves each year, it may not be long before they think for themselves. With all that said, here are 25 of the most terrifying robots currently in development. Make sure to remember their names, because some of the machines might just take over the world some day.
At first glance, you may not have realized the woman in the middle of this picture is actually not a real woman at all, or even a real human for that matter. That is actually Actroid-F, an experimental android created by Osaka University’s Hiroshi Ishiguro with the goal of creating the most lifelike android possible. Actroid-F can speak, blink, recognize facial expressions, and react at their own discretion. Though impressive, they have more work ahead of them to overcome the pesky uncanny valley.
Short for “Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin,” PETMAN is a humanoid military robot designed to mimic the movement and behavior of a human soldier to test the next generation of military apparel and safety equipment. It can walk, run, crawl, and even sweat like a human. In the future, it could be deployed autonomously for search and rescue operations within dangerous areas.
Another Boston Dynamics robot developed for military use, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is an automated quadrupedal robot funded by the U.S. military that can be used a robitic “mule” of sorts. Capable of autonomously following its leader, understanding simple voice commands, and carrying over 400 lbs of payload, LS3 were used by the marines for some time before they were eventually retired because of their loud noise and extreme weight (over 1300 lbs!) Still, future updates to the machine could put it back into use, and it has since helped Boston Dynamics improve upon their many other quadruped robots.
Created by German software developer Tobit Software, these pole dancing robots were featured at the CeBIT expo in Hanover in 2014 and, more recently, at a gentleman’s club in Las Vegas during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. Though the robots are comparatively simple to some others on this list, they definitely weren’t any less unnerving with their robotic dance moves and security camera heads. One things for certain though, whenever the robot revolution does come to fruition at some point in the future, us humans are going to have a lot to answer for.
The flic-flac spider found in the deserts of Morocco is known for its ability to cartwheel itself away from danger, allowing it to move over twice as fast as it would normally be able to walk, provided the terrain is even. If you don’t think that’s terrifying already, the engineers over at Festo decided to make a robot that does the exact same thing. The spider-like BionicWheelBot is capable of switching between a walking and rolling mode allowing it quickly roll across even surfaces as well as cross more difficult terrain.