Our Wild Anime Future Has Finally Arrived—We Now Have A For Reals Piloted Super Robot

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Will necessity drive robotics innovation—or will it be the high-end “geek” market?

I’m thinking the geek market. That, and the sex robots.

First there was the “real-life” Transformer, now we have the Method-2, an over 13-foot tall walking robot that a human can ride inside and control. The creation of about 30 engineers and a designer who worked on the movies Transformers, Robocop, and Terminator, it is not sure yet if Method-2 will be deployed for the entertainment, military (think: Korean border patrol), or billionaire toy collector markets; but certainly there’s no reason why it can’t be all three.

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Method-2 robot, from the Facebook of designer Vitaly Bulgarov

And Method-2 is a no-joke, actual giant robot, its arms mimicking the actions of the driver sitting inside its chest. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into the project by Yang Jin-ho, company chairman of the South Korean robotics company Hankook Mirae Technology. Yang’s inspiration? To “bring to life what only seemed possible in movies and cartoons.”