Behind those dancing robots, scientists had to bust a move
... The results? Almost a year and half of choreography, simulation, programming and upgrades that were capped by two days of filming to produce a video running at less than 3 minutes. ...
Boston Dynamics founder and chairperson Marc Raibert says what the robot maker learned was far more valuable.
“It turned out that we needed to upgrade the robot in the middle of development in order for it to be strong enough and to have enough energy to do the whole performance without stopping. So that was a real benefit to the design,” Raibert says. ...
The difficult challenge of teaching robots to dance also pushed Boston Dynamics engineers to develop better motion-programming tools that let robots reconcile balance, bouncing and doing a performance simultaneously.
“So we went from having very crude tools for doing that to having very effective rapid-generation tools so that by the time we were done, we could generate new dance steps very quickly and integrate them into the performance,” Raibert says. ...
I'm wondering when someone's going to build one that can roll a joint. I know I'm being a bit flippant on the surface but at the same time, rolling a joint well takes great dexterity (from back when I rolled joints) .. the next challenge would be for a robot successfully rolling a joint in the wind tunnel that is the building at the top of Glastonbury Tor .. something I was once taught how to do that is insanely difficult and involves a lot of pinning the joint being built inside the heavy folds of denim jeans and other whatnot tricks. Only then, when you can build a joint without any of it blowing away inside a wind tunnel are you a Jedi joint roller.
Robot dexterity maintenance advancement with a humour tweak .. I haven't got any kids but if I did I'd be stoked to see a grandaughter moaning about grownups with a robot kid agreeing with her one day. Boston Dynamics have already got them dancing so lets get them sentient so they can both be involved in the robots rights movement that will probably happen one day. Imagine Robots walking about wearing SEGA or NINTENDO badges/t-shirts/hats as a symbol etc because they've been taught from older 'bots' and human 'lefties' about the time they were enslaved and only considered any use as entertainment for 'fleshies'/humans. I'll be dead by then.When one door closes, another one opens.
Beaten to death by the angry robots?Imagine Robots walking about wearing SEGA or NINTENDO badges/t-shirts/hats as a symbol etc because they've been taught from older 'bots' and human 'lefties' about the time they were enslaved and only considered any use as entertainment for 'fleshies'/humans. I'll be dead by then.
Pranksters show how horrifying Boston Dynamics’ police robot dog is by strapping a paintball gun to it
They're letting the internet control it. And Boston Dynamics is furious.
The internet will get a chance to remotely control one of Boston Dynamics’ $75,000 “Spot” robots this week thanks to a mysterious startup company. Not only that, the robot will even come equipped with a paintball gun for added mayhem. ...
The campaign, dubbed "Spot's Rampage," is the brainchild of MSCHF, a New York-based company know for its outrageous publicity stunts and product drops.
MSCHF has repeatedly made headlines for offering up bizarre one-of-a-kind items ... , and its latest effort may be the most over-the-top to date.
On Wednesday at 1pm ET, MSCHF will unleash Spot inside a small art gallery at its headquarters in Brooklyn. Users who visit the campaign's website will get a chance to commandeer Spot for two minutes before another user somewhere in the world takes over. ...
That link isn't for that story...Here's the latest for those who fear the rise and proliferation of robots ...
FULL STORY: https://www.dailydot.com/debug/boston-dynamics-robot-spot-paintball-mschf/
They are one step awayVideo shows NYPD’s new robotic dog in action in the Bronx
/I give it minus five minutes before the police get the idea to put a gun on it.
/I'm sure this ends poorly for humanity.
Spot: Boston Dynamics condemns robot paintball rampage plan
A US art installation that will let people control a paintballing robot in a mock art gallery has been condemned by the firm that made the robo-dog.
Boston Dynamics criticised the project, calling it a "provocative use" of its quadruped robot, Spot
If Ewoks can bring down AT-ATs, we can make this thing fall over as well!.. lasso the little sods.Looks like a 'spot' unit.
I expect that at some point it will encounter someone with a net, or some other kind of entanglement, and some baseball bats.
I predict an expensive loss for the police.
Surely just an actual dog is cheaper and scarier.