Uh-Oh: Robots Adapt To Movement With Broken Limbs

July 31, 2014


Because what good are killer robots if they can't still kill after being injured, scientists at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Wyoming have developed an algorithm that allows a robot to learn to adapt to broken/nonfunctional limbs so it can still murder its next target. Wow, WONDERFUL NEWS, JERKS.

According to one expert, adaptive robotics is the cutting edge of the field. Most robots currently sit in factories and perform very specific functions. Scientists want to get robots to understand new and changing situations.

"When animals lose a limb, they learn to hobble remarkably quickly," Arxiv said in a blog post on the research. "And yet when robots damage a leg, they become completely incapacitated."

The scientists' robot has solved this by trying to mimic animals - by discovering which leg is broken and then then using trial and error to figure out the best way to continue walking.

After a period of trial and error, the robot sticks with the method of locomotion that was most efficient. Pretty scary, right? So now you have to completely immobilize a robot to be safe. And that's assuming it can't just rotate it's head and slit your throat with laser vision. We're f***ed! "We need to call John Connor." The fictional movie character? What a genius idea. I really hope you're one of the first to go.

Keep going for a video demo with a hexapod robot.

Thanks to Pogonophile and jimmmy, who agree the best way to debilitate a robot is dropping a huge rock on it. Also works for boys named Piggy.

  • zin

    It tries methods in its behavioral repertoire, meaning it doesn't actually create new ways to move but rather tries a pre-created list of methods of movement before choosing the best.

  • Brandon Steele

    The question is "what is this list of movements?"

    If it is the full walking pattern, then this is really just computer picking the best fit.

    What if the list of movements are different ways to move each individual leg, and the computer decided which combination to use? That would be very significant.

  • zin

    You're right. In the end, even if the list wasn't there, the computer should be able to generate a list of walking patterns from the list of movements of the individual legs, & so forth.

    Now, hook this up to a spider's brain like they do with mice.

  • Naeem Mohammed

    Sucks to your asmar

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