There may not be any humans that can outrun Usain Bolt, but now there is a machine that has proven to be faster than the lightning-quick Jamaican sprinter.
On Wednesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video of its innovative "Cheetah" reaching a speed of 28.3 mph on a treadmill. That's about .5 mph faster than Bolt was running during his world-record peak in 2009.
The cheetah was built by the engineering company Boston Dynamics with the support of DARPA. According to DARPA, the goal with this machine is to "attempt to understand and engineer into robots certain core capabilities that living organisms have refined over millennia of evolution: Efficient locomotion, manipulation of objects and adaptability to environments."
In March, the robot was running at a maximum speed of 18 mph. But thanks to improved control algorithms and a more powerful pump, the machine increased its speed by 50 percent in just six months.
While the machine is technically faster than Bolt, it should be noted that the machine has the advantage of running on a treadmill (with tail winds) and has an external power supply that reduces its weight. Plus, there's no way this Cheetah's celebrations are as innovative as Bolt's.
(H/T to Deadspin)