New Boston Dynamics Out Today

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"However, as the routine progresses, the camera pulls back to show that another twin Atlas is dancing along with the first one as they show off their synchronized and fresh rug-cutting ways. And as this robotic soul train continues to roll, the Spot saunters in to join in on the fun with the distinct flare that only rover can bring.


Finally, Handle rolls into view while shaking its rump in the process -- literally. This is probably the closest thing we'll see to a robot twerking, despite how disturbing that might sound. With that being said, the video is good for nearly 3 minutes of ear-to-ear grin-fest, so be prepared.

It's all fun and games in the headline above of course, but you have to admit the skills on display here are just a little funky-freaky.


In recent weeks, Boston Dynamics was acquired by an unlikely company: Hyundai Motor Group. Hyundai Motor Group is better known for its Hyundai/Kia vehicles here in the United States, but it decided to spend $1.1 billion to purchase Boston Dynamics, which was first founded in 1992. Since that time, the company has changed hands a few times, with its most recent [previous] owners being Google and SoftBank."
 
Wow.

Wow!

I haven't watched any of their videos in a while - I had no idea. If someone had just showed me that without any context I'd have thought it was rendered. It's amazing how far they've gotten with natural movement.

And the dog dancing? The way the legs move? Man. That was seriously cool.
 
Wow.

Wow!

I haven't watched any of their videos in a while - I had no idea. If someone had just showed me that without any context I'd have thought it was rendered. It's amazing how far they've gotten with natural movement.

And the dog dancing? The way the legs move? Man. That was seriously cool.
they got bought ought by Hyundai Motor Corp for over 1 billion dollars, deruberhanyok
 
Well, if they've got robots that can move like that it's probably money well spent.

Trying to think of an appropriate way to tie a Dr. Evil joke in here somewhere but it's late and my brain isn't working. My kids are gonna go nuts when they see this video in the morning, though.
 
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The AI was performing every take with mirror back to back accuracy.
yea, it was all AI, they listened to the music and generated the dance routine on the spot, while also somehow all being in sync with the same moves at times. no pre-programming at all :)
 
yea, it was all AI, they listened to the music and generated the dance routine on the spot, while also somehow all being in sync with the same moves at times. no pre-programming at all :)
Its choreographed, but the AI has to do all the dynamic control in real time to keep the robots stable. Its adapting to all the minor changes in the environment, air currents, flaws in the carpet, so flawlessly and smoothly it looks rendered.
 
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Its choreographed, but the AI has to do all the dynamic control in real time to keep the robots stable. Its adapting to all the minor changes in the environment, air currents, flaws in the carpet, so flawlessly and smoothly it looks rendered.

The little movements are so quick and snappy to me it almost looks like stop motion.

I hope we can all take comfort in the knowledge that the robots will kill their designers first.
 
already in the youtube thread and not really tech news as they have all been out for a long time now.
 
Its choreographed, but the AI has to do all the dynamic control in real time to keep the robots stable. Its adapting to all the minor changes in the environment, air currents, flaws in the carpet, so flawlessly and smoothly it looks rendered.

By that definition, the gimbals on the Saturn V were controlled by AI.
 
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First thing that comes to mind with that dog robot:

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I have to admit the robot has got me on this by a large margin. Although I still enjoyed trying when I was younger.
 
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Saw that yesterday on Ye Olde YouTube feed and had my yearly Boston Dynamics Holy-Sheet jaw-drop moment. Machines that move better than I can.
 
I was right, my kids basically lost their minds when they got to watch this on the TV this morning.

incredible work by the team at Boston Dynamics. I only understand a fraction of the principles used for this kind of motion and control so I can’t really fathom the work that has gone into making it happen. But it’s a long way from that video of the cheetahbot running in a treadmill 8 years ago that we all thought was cool.
 
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Pretty soon those things will be unloading trucks Walmart. We have this Robotic Floor scrubber things gets stuck every 15 minutes and it misses all it does just weird stuff because its GPS and cameras.
 
Its choreographed, but the AI has to do all the dynamic control in real time to keep the robots stable.
Yea, I was being sarcastic but in a slight way, any AI that's involved is not at the same level as a real dancer, it's more involuntary things like you describe. The robots will be considered AI dancers when they can do what I described, improvising in their own unique way according to the environment around them. Just IMO ofc
 
These fuckers won't reach next-level until they we stop the love affair with designing after human likeness, and design purely for efficiency and speed. I think Musk once said "the ones to worry about will be the future gens that move so fast you'll need a strobe light to see them".
 
The limiting technology for autonomous robots in the future is energy storage: batteries. I'm sure these things cannot run long before needing to recharge. We're a long way off (never) before being able to power robots with miniature fusion reactors a la "Terminator 3".

I think battery technology is the single most important technology to develop going forward, insofar as having a direct impact on our everyday lives goes.
 
The limiting technology for autonomous robots in the future is energy storage: batteries. I'm sure these things cannot run long before needing to recharge. We're a long way off (never) before being able to power robots with miniature fusion reactors a la "Terminator 3".

I think battery technology is the single most important technology to develop going forward, insofar as having a direct impact on our everyday lives goes.
How you think Amazon does it with their warehouse robots? They have more robots sitting by recharging while already charged robots are working. Or have swap-able batteries. The limitation for these robots isn't battery storage, but cost. Who is going to buy these robots for millions of dollars? Who's going to be the beta tester to see how well these robots work in place of humans? Paying someone $30k or $40k a year is far cheaper than these robots. That is the limitation of these robots. The moment they're cheaper than people is when we should worry.
 
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