EllipticaRunner Robot Is Fast, Amazing, Slightly Worrisome

As I get older, I confess that I'm a little less amazed by robots that can run faster than I can, and more like a bit worried.

I can't help but see this imagined robot, the slamhound from William Gibson's 1986 novel Count Zero:

THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.

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