Homo sapien -- in the person of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel -- meets robo sapien -- who goes by the name ATLAS and is one of the most advanced robots in the world.
According to Arati Prabhakar, the Pentagon's director of advanced research, putting one foot in front of the other turns out to be a very complex task, especially when the ground is uneven. At 6 foot 2, 330 pounds, atlas is what the military calls a ground pounder -- assigned mundane tasks like hooking up a fire hose -- which takes him so long we have to show you at 15 times normal speed.
It was remote controlled by many human operators that would plan out each step arduously.
After the nuclear disaster at Fukashima, Japan, The Pentagon funded a $30 million project to develop a robot to go into the middle of a meltdown to, say, shut off a critical valve, removing any debris that blocked his way.
Could atlas evolve some day into a robo-soldier? He'll have to get a whole lot quicker on his feet. And he'll have to become autonomous so he can operate without all those cables tethering him to humans. This new species of robo sapiens is walking upright. Now he's got to learn to think for himself.