Wow! I wonder if they cheated, by wiring up an ant and using it to control the legs ...
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You gotta wonder. It's so realistic it's creepy!
Thanks, Dave. That's just amazing. I had no idea that the state of the art had advanced to that level.
Its recovery from that sideways kick, and its performance on glare ice while carrying a large payload were absolutely unreal.
I think DARPA got their money's worth.
All I can say is "Wow!"
Imagine if you spent the day in a peaceful forest... picking and eating some magic mushrooms... and then you saw *this* thing coming at ya. Fark!
But does it bark?
Naah, not that impressive. You notice that it was connected back to something else (large scale processor) when it had to do something complex, like walk on something other than a "flat" surface.
Wonder if it meets the 72 hours of power standard.
Nope, ants are insects and have six legs. Different ball game.
They have had 30+ yeas of program development in this area.
I don't think so.. when it was outdoors it was self-powered, probably by a noisy 2-stroke internal combustion engine. The inside shots had a rolling overhead gantry with power cables that did not constrain the motion much.
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Ants start off with six legs, but can get by with four. There has been quite a lot of work done on working out what kind of control algorithm they use, and some people have been sticking micro-electrodes into insects and driving the insect muscles directly.
"Sparrowhawk" was rubbish.
Ants have rather more.
-- Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
Poor bugger, but he has my respect.
Seems like he wanted to be 100% certain he'd end up dead? Otherwise it seems like a lot of effort to go to when he could have just put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger?
It is, of course, very unfortunate, but I can understand why a person might choose death at 81 rather than being forced into a nursing home.
So I presume you've got a more impressive video of robotics to share with us?
So, how do you control where the ant wants to go?
That's not a robot - that's a servo, or just a mechanical trigger puller.
It rankles me to hear people talk about a "robot" when what they're really referring to is juat a waldo or servo. I.e., if it's remote-controlled, then it ain't a robot.
And don't forget The Three Laws! ;-)
No need - the trees have plenty of bark as it is.
Only thing was he used a .22, which isn't exactly heavy artillery. Then again, it was probably all he had available, and assuming this machine he built could fire multiple rounds in quick succession - it'd be effective. A single self-inflicted shot to the head with a .22 is by no means guaranteed to work... plenty of people have survived doing exactly that.
So can I. Quality over quantity thanks.
So will your bed.
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