Robots running and walking and driving

Thursday, 5 June, 2014

Superb reporting by Will Knight for Technology Review on how Boston Dynamics is building robots that walk and run like living creatures. The article is enhanced with some cool web effects. Snippet:

“DARPA’s vision is for rescue robots to operate this way, with humans providing guidance and assistance but the robots functioning autonomously when needed, such as when a communications link fails. But if robots are ever to perform the kinds of tasks that some envision — such as helping the elderly in the home — they will need to have the ability to work with even greater autonomy.”

Meanwhile, SoftBank is reported to be developing human-like robots which it will use to staff its cellphone stores. All of these developments are signs from the near future.

Signs from the near future

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