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Old 5th October 2013, 03:21 AM   #119031  /  #1
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Oh God Boston Dynamics Has Introduced Another Creature to Fuel Your Nightmares!

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Old 5th October 2013, 04:40 PM   #119065  /  #2
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Old 5th October 2013, 05:20 PM   #119066  /  #3
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I still find the videos of their Big Dog robot walking around in the woods and recovering on ice from being pushed the most terrifying though.
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Old 5th October 2013, 06:10 PM   #119067  /  #4
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Linky?

Also, it would be nice to have

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Old 5th October 2013, 06:41 PM   #119071  /  #5
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Here's one, search Boston Dynamics Big Dog for other demos. It can now pick things up and throw them, too.

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Old 5th October 2013, 06:57 PM   #119074  /  #6
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That really is truly memorialisable. Neat that it can now pick up and both throw and retrieve it's own ball, constituting a true labour saving device. Additionally, it can't be that much longer now til we have a fully functional AT-AT which furthermore doesn't fall over in an exploding heap when you trip it up.
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Old 5th October 2013, 07:02 PM   #119075  /  #7
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I thought that was the most remarkable thing about it, the way it staggers and recovers when pushed, and its ability to stumble along over the roughest surfaces, like those snowbanks. And it's big enough to scare the pants off you if you met it on its own in the woods. Well, off me, anyway. That would be bad.
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Old 5th October 2013, 07:10 PM   #119076  /  #8
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Yeah, it really is spooky. Watched that with my 18 yo boy and I observed his jaw drop at the attempted push over on the ice with an aggressive, full weight martial arts style kick and the sideways reaching recovery response. Also, when it naturally slips on the ice and recovers in a way which was, to us at least, indistinguishable from what an animal would do - handled it waaay better than Bambi.
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Old 5th October 2013, 07:22 PM   #119077  /  #9
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Ha! yes, much better than Bambi.

It's remarkable because it isn't how we ordinarily think about robots, as mimicing four-limbed animal movement. We tend to envision the purely mechanical motions of a factory robot that just performs a few tasks or the two-legged 'human' mimic.

They have a two-legged robot, 'Petman', which is interesting but not, imo, nearly as innovative and astonishing as these four-legged critters.
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Old 5th October 2013, 07:23 PM   #119078  /  #10
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The At-At is a technological failure before it even becomes a reality, poor thing.
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Old 5th October 2013, 09:30 PM   #119081  /  #11
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I thought that was the most remarkable thing about it, the way it staggers and recovers when pushed, and its ability to stumble along over the roughest surfaces, like those snowbanks. And it's big enough to scare the pants off you if you met it on its own in the woods. Well, off me, anyway. That would be bad.
Is it just dogs that do the trick for you?
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Old 5th October 2013, 09:35 PM   #119082  /  #12
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You look to your meatballs, you tub o' pasta.
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Old 6th October 2013, 05:54 PM   #119170  /  #13
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y'kno, what makes those things so hackle-raisingly nightmarish for me is - dem don't got no hedz. Stick a Goofy head on them and all of that 'sinister' would evaporate instantly.
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Old 6th October 2013, 06:29 PM   #119176  /  #14
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Yeah, the headlessness doesn't help. But I'm not sure what kind of head wouldn't just make it worse. 'Goofy' on top of something like that might just be more nightmarish.
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Old 6th October 2013, 06:41 PM   #119178  /  #15
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You're right. So what is it then? If I see a clutzy sort of automaton I get a kind of awww protective feeling towards it but when I see these Boston gizmos something deep down inside recoils in horror. It's only momentary and my interest in the tech rapidly overcomes the irrational revulsion but - what is it causes that revulsion for something which so accurately mimics a complex natural system?
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Old 6th October 2013, 07:02 PM   #119180  /  #16
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Uncanny valley of the four-legged kind. You hit it with the Bambi analogy. We're used to the uncanny valley concept when it comes to bipedal humanoid robotics - the more they look like humans the creepier they are.

But aside from the clunky dog toys, we haven't seen anything that so accurately mimics living four-leggedy animal movement. Until now.
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Old 7th October 2013, 12:36 AM   #119211  /  #17
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Bambi, perfect.

i definitely get the impression they worked out how to do the bambi balancing first, then as they refined it they worked on the locomotion
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Old 7th October 2013, 12:52 AM   #119214  /  #18
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Makes sense.

They have very tiny feet.
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Old 18th October 2013, 02:32 PM   #120224  /  #19
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The first country to develop an army of robots wins, I guess.
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Old 23rd October 2013, 03:19 AM   #120864  /  #20
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Define "win".


I stole that concept from gib.
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Old 25th October 2013, 09:01 AM   #121756  /  #21
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I still find the videos of their Big Dog robot walking around in the woods and recovering on ice from being pushed the most terrifying though.
Hee. I know Big Dog is only programmed to jog carrying stuff, but still, it's hard for the part of my brain that a)has played a lot of video games and watched a lot of sci-fi and b)is concerned with self-preservation to countenance KICKING that monster. Sleep with one eye open, researchers.
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Old 25th October 2013, 02:59 PM   #121948  /  #22
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Big Dog's most recent trick is picking things up and throwing them. It can play fetch iow.

ETA: be afraid.
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Old 25th October 2013, 11:00 PM   #122028  /  #23
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Old 25th October 2013, 11:23 PM   #122059  /  #24
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Think he already knows that one.
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Old 10th February 2015, 02:12 PM   #218792  /  #25
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Moar electric sheep here today. Nowt much new but still as creepy as ever.
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