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We knew Boston Dynamics robots could dance, but that’s another thing. Now, the company’s much-loved Atlas robot has learned to slow down some parkour moves, twists and all (above), but there’s a sensational blooper roll to get you going (below).
I'm not sure if I'm laughing or crying right now, but these Atlas catches are falling head over heels (via Futurism) will surely awaken a taste of emotion, whether joyful or fearful.
It took him a month of training to make Atlas the star of hardcore parkour he is today. Just as a girl learns to walk, her new knowledge was based on countless falls. Each fall helps AI build a more concrete understanding of the journey and how best to conquer it.
After all this effort and dedication, it’s time to sit back and reap the benefits. Among them is this amazing video of captures, cropped from a longer video at Boston Dynamics Youtube channel and posted on Twitter by science communicator Kyle Hill. Enjoy.
Reminder that science is still hard pic.twitter.com/1leibXqXBLAugust 17, 2021
Earlier this month, we saw a new AI race pretty much like the Blade Runner Voight-Kampff empathy test, and Atlas doing parkour really takes my cookie. It's just one more example of how quickly AI adapts to the strange human world it faces. You have to wait for hiccups, of course, as with any technology project, and no less important, with highly mobile artificial intelligence.
Therefore, AI makes another leap towards infiltration into the fabric of our daily lives. The latest advances mean that AI can be your conversation partner, dance partner and now even parkour partner. And you know Atlas will finish better than us.
With Elon Musk's plans for the surface of the Tesla boat, it looks like the era of artificially intelligent butlers will soon arrive. But the bloopers here show that there is still a long way to go before you get it right.