Toward the Robots of Science Fiction – A. Ames – 12/6/2017

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“Toward the Robots of Science Fiction, ” by Aaron D. Ames, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems, Caltech

Science fiction has long promised a world of robotic possibilities: from humanoid robots in our everyday lives, to wearable robotic devices that restore and augment human capabilities, to swarms of autonomous robotic systems forming the backbone of the cities of the future, to robots enabling exploration of the cosmos.

Achieving the promise of science fiction will require imbuing machines with the dynamic locomotion behaviors that humans display with deceptive ease—navigating everything from daily environments to uneven and uncertain terrain with efficiency and robustness.

This talk will present the first steps toward achieving this goal on bipedal and humanoid robots with the result being dynamic and efficient locomotion displaying the hallmarks of natural human walking. The translation of these ideas to robotic assistive devices along with a wide range of safety-critical systems will be demonstrated with a view toward realizing the robots of science fiction.

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Jason Gooden says:

Why Doesnt Cassie have bigger feet

Jason Gooden says:

4:15 your welcome

Robin T says:

Theoretical yammering without result is fine in conversation, but not appropriate really for lecture, and all the other stuff is unnecessary also, because robots with be "born" as hardware, and learn for themselves from scratch as people or other creatures do, but within hours, more like insects than mammals. They will continue to do more for you, and live more for you, until you realize that both yourself, and likely the generation before you, has not really lived, but the robots have, and are, and then – its too late. It is too late.

wim V says:

skipped 4 minutes of blah blah

shadfurman says:

I hate the pessimism about technology. On net technology has saved an insane amount of lives amd provided immense comforts.

Humans have always thought an apocalypse was just around the corner. People always thought they were right about the end of the world, and today people "know" technology will end the world.

Of course, on an infinite timeline, they will be right, but it's hubris to think THIS time we're right, AI, global warming, etc.

Of course we should be concerned enough to be reasonably careful, part of the reason do so well is because of our instinctual "the sky is falling" assumptions, it's still irritating to me that people are not able to rationalize the feeling of the end of the world and a probability of high danger as unlikely on the trend of corrective technologies.

John Bonini says:

17:57 Pachelbel, not Vivaldi.

Vojoo´s Hut says:

what movie was that with the robodog on mars?

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