Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods

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    Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods
    By KATIE ROGERSAUG. 18, 2015
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    Scientists trying to build a better robot are encouraged by the steps, however tentative, of a humanoid named Atlas.
    In a video shown recently by Atlas’s makers, it is hard to miss the human in the humanoid as the 6-foot-2 machine takes a casual, careful stroll through the woods. It walks like a crouched limbo contestant (who perhaps imbibed one too many piña coladas), shuffles through a wooded area, tethered by a power cord, and then breaks into a more confident, foot-slapping walk when it reaches flat ground — much as a person would. Scientists hope to make an untethered version soon.
    Atlas’s ability to be outside in the woods is one step toward developing the balance and dynamics that come naturally to humans, according to Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned research firm behind the project.

    “We’re making pretty good progress on making it so that it has mobility that is sort of within shooting range of yours,” Dr. Raibert said, referencing the video at a recent conference. The video of Atlas moving through the woods was made last year with the 2013 version of the machine, a representative, Maria Silvaggi, said in an email on Tuesday.
    Atlas, first publicly unveiled in 2013, received funding from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, but that relationship has ended, a representative said Tuesday. Scientists believe that the robot could eventually assist humans after disasters, like earthquakes and fires, going where rescuer workers cannot. But for the scientists, development can be maddeningly slow.
    For Atlas, an aluminum machine weighing over 300 pounds, the training process looks grueling: Researchers kick the robot, throw weights at it or make it walk over rock beds to observe how well it adapts to challenges. On the rock bed, Atlas can be seen tottering but rushing to complete the course, a move, Dr. Raibert said, that mimics the behavior of people and animals — when we’re on unsure footing, our instinct is to keep moving forward, and fast.
    Leaving the controlled setting of a lab presents its own hurdles.
    “Out in the world is just a totally different challenge than in the lab,” Dr. Raibert said. “You can’t predict what it’s going to be like.”
    Boston Dynamics was awarded a $10.8 million contract to work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on developing Atlas for the Darpa Robotics Challenge. Seven updated Atlases were used as base models by teams competing for a $2 million prize in the challenge, but the final challenge was won in June by a Korean team that designed Hubo, a sleek-looking robot that can kneel, roll around on wheels and then rise to a bipedal stance as it carries out tasks, eliminating some of the pesky balance problems.
    Hubo’s bulkier rival has issues with nimbleness: In videos from the June Darpa challenge, Atlases can be seen toppling over while exiting vehicles, or taking several minutes to navigate a flight of stairs.
    But Dr. Raibert is still hopeful about Atlas’s potential.
    “You can imagine if we keep pushing, we’ll get there.”







     
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    these fucking things are going to cut our throats if we don't stop this madness.
     
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    It can only kill us if it makes it through Philadelphia.
     
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    They should just skip the bullshit and make a robot that looks like a hot chick and can fuck.
     
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    He's a little bigger than the hitch hiking robot.
     
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    my wife won't let me date.
     
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    That's where the real money is. Make it look similar to a real doll but be animated. Stepford Wives would sell like hot cakes.
     
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    If this thing ran for president I would vote for it.
     
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    You keep her in the garage under a tarp.
     
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    Both Robots and AI are inevitable. How can any country deny developing these items due to morality issues. Let's just hope who ever creates them first uses them benevolently. This is truly an arms race.
    Yes, fuck-bots will be Armageddon for women. No way is a guy going to put up with bullshit, wash the dishes and pay the bill for dates once stepford wives are created. If women thought free porn was bad, wait to free robot sex comes along.
     
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    the Philly reggies enjoy a good challenge
     
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    I'd like to see this thing go Terminator on them! But then again it could do it to the rest of us too.
     
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    Two things will sell robots the quickest: sex and war.

    If you can make a great robot capable of doing either, you got yourself a company.
     
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    It bothers me to no end that there is a real company named Skynet.
     
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