14/10/2013 08:12 BST

Darpa And Boston Dynamics Show Off Atlas Humanoid's Amazing Balancing Skills (VIDEO)

The folks at Darpa and Boston Dynamics must hate humanity - what else could explain the continued development of this Terminator-esque humanoid?

Atlas, as the robot is affectionately called, has taken a massive technological step forward by demonstrating it's impressive balancing skills.

The robot has 28 articulated joints, and can reportedly engage in tasks required in a disaster response scenario.

Its destiny is to compete in DARPA's Robotics Challenge, in which seven teams will use their code to program Atlas and see how well it copes.

Darpa has said previously:

Like coaches starting with a novice player, the teams now have until late December 2013 to teach ATLAS the moves it will need to succeed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials where each robot will have to perform a series of tasks similar to what might be required in a disaster response scenario.

The ultimate aim is to build a humanoid which can navigate rough terrain, drive a car and help out with any task that might be required in a disaster zone.

Noel Sharkey, professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC: "This is an astonishing achievement... quite a remarkable feat."

It comes just a few days after Boston Dynamics showed off an untethered version of their Wildcat (see below).