If Artificial Intelligence Scares You, This Robot Cheetah Will Give You Nightmares
Imagine how numbingly terrifying it would be to look behind you and see a cheetah booking it in your direction. You throw a chair and turn over a bookcase (those are obviously just lying around everywhere in the grasslands of Africa), and the majestic creature gracefully glides over the obstacles, now closing in. NOW IMAGINE THAT CHEETAH IS A ROBOT THAT'S THINKING ON ITS OWN. I'd probably just turn to dust and crumble to the ground in fear. Thanks to the geniuses at MIT, that nightmare is now possible (again, because I spend 95 percent of my time getting chased by wild African animals who turn into artificially intelligent machines). And it can all be done without the help of a human. In just a couple days, the finals of the DARPA Robitics Challenge will take place in California, and MIT's robotic hopping four-legger will show off what it can do in person. The machine uses an algorithm to sense the object in front of it and determine the angle it needs to jump at to clear it. It's called "LIDAR — a visual system that uses reflections from a laser to map terrain." RELATED: Watch Four Tiny Robots Pick Up and Move a Car
“A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior,” Sangbae Kim, one of the people who designed the robot said in a statement. “You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors.”
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The competition starts on June 5 in Pomona, Calif.
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