Many of you who lead classes, camps and robotics teams may have students who are inspired by knowing, “this is where we are right now” in the evolution of robotics technology development. This article is an exciting eye-opener about what is happening and possible in robotics research today, but also in thinking about this version of the Atlas robot as a developing child who’s competencies and cognition are still developing. “A number of us who are in the robotics field see these events in the news, and the thing that touches us very deeply is a single kind of feeling which is, can’t we do better? All of this technology that we work on, can’t we apply that technology to do much better? I think the answer is yes.”
Dr. Pratt equated the current version of Atlas to a 1-year-old.“A 1-year-old child can barely walk, a 1-year-old child falls down a lot,” he said. “As you see these machines and you compare them to science fiction, just keep in mind that this is where we are right now.”
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