Won Over By Reality
By Tim Bayer
BRIGHTON New York—(Weekly Hubris)—4/4/2016—I have two related videos for you this week, best viewed in sequence. The first is footage of a technically impressive bipedal robot; the second provides a very funny perspective on the first.
(If you want to check out my last post before watching this week’s offerings, here’s a link back to “Dances With Wind.“)
Getting a bipedal robot to walk is difficult, to say the least. The next step—getting a bipedal robot to walk on slippery, uneven ground—is exceptionally difficult.
The solution is to create a robot that reads, and reacts and adapts to a changing environment. The Boston Dynamics Atlas robot possesses all these impressive capabilities.
To showcase the ability of Atlas to recognize and adapt to change, an “assistant” alters the robot’s surroundings, demonstrating how the robot reacts to unpredictable external influences.
The first video is the impressive Atlas demo; the second is of a proposed voice module upgrade for Atlas.
After watching the first video, click on the video link below.
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