Watch researchers bully this robot dog for science

Just don't let our future robot overlords see this one.

Teaching robots how to walk has been a long road, but recent progress from pioneers like Boston Dynamics, the company responsible for bots like Spot and Atlas, have made agile humanoid and canine-like machines a reality.

And while robots are better than ever at mimicking human locomotion (see this clip of robo-parkour) that doesn't mean they're infallible. In fact, for robots, just like a human learning how to move, it's not a matter of if, but when they take a spill, which is why training them how to recover after a fall is just as important.