If you have a growing dread of the Singularity, this story isn't going to help.
A group of researchers from MIT, DARPA the U.S. Defense Department and the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition are working on a project called FastRunner: a machine that's designed to run faster than most humans can.
The bipedal bot, designed to move like an ostrich, will be able to quickly traverse even moderately rough terrain to run down its prey. The researchers estimate that FastRunner's top speed will average 27 miles per hour.
And what, you wonder, will this lightning-fast robot be used for? No one is telling yet; but with DARPA involved you can bet it will have a military use.
So far, the researchers have only built one leg of the robot. But they're quickly making progress on the rest of the design.