Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robotic failing at parkour is unusually humbling

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We knew the Boston Dynamics robots might dance, however that is one thing else. Now, the corporate’s a lot beloved Atlas robotic has realized to bust some gnarly parkour strikes, backflips and all (above), however there is a fairly sensational blooper reel to go together with it (additional down). 

I am unsure whether or not to chortle or cry proper now, however these outtakes of Atlas falling flat on its arse (by way of Futurism) are positive to awaken some flavour of emotion for you—be it joyous or fearful.

It took a month of coaching to show Atlas into the hardcore parkour star it’s right now. Simply as a babe learns to stroll, its newfound proficiency was underpinned by numerous tumbles. Every fall helps the AI construct a extra concrete understanding of the course and the way finest to beat it.

In spite of everything that arduous work and dedication, it is time to sit again and reap the advantages. Amongst which sits this unbelievable outtakes video, reduce from an extended video on the Boston Dynamics Youtube channel, and tweeted by science communicator Kyle Hill. Get pleasure from. 

Reminder that science continues to be arduous pic.twitter.com/1leibXqXBLAugust 17, 2021

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Earlier this month, we noticed a new breed of AI just about ace the Blade Runner Voight-Kampff empathy check, and Atlas doing parkour actually takes the biscuit for me. It is simply one other instance of how shortly AI is adapting to the unusual human-made world it is confronted with. Hiccups are to be anticipated, in fact, as with every tech challenge—not least one which entails extremely cell synthetic intelligence.

So, AI takes one other leap towards infiltrating the material of our on a regular basis lives. The most recent developments imply AI will be your conversational companion, dance companion, and now even parkour companion. And you recognize Atlas will find yourself higher than us.

With Elon Musk’s plans for the Tesla bot surfacing, it appears the age of artificially clever butlers will quickly be upon us. However the bloopers right here present there’s nonetheless a protracted approach to go earlier than we get them proper.

Katie Wickens

Screw sports activities, Katie would moderately watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. She will be able to usually be discovered admiring AI developments, sighing over semiconductors, or gawping on the newest GPU upgrades. She’s been obsessive about computer systems and graphics since she was small, and took Sport Artwork and Design as much as Masters degree at uni. Her thirst for absurd Raspberry Pi tasks won’t ever be sated, and she’s going to cease at nothing to unfold web security consciousness—down with the hackers.