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Video Friday: Terrible Robots, Dash vs. Dog, and the Age of Machine Consciousness

This morning I found a note from Evan saying that, after working on this Video Friday post until 5 a.m., writing upan insane number of videos, he was too exhausted and unableto finish the post.

The robots in this tournament are nothing like what their builders initially imagined them to be, robots are forgotten on the train, the strategies made with careful planning only result in failure, and the entrants who enter the ring brag about their robot's secret moves that don't really exist.

Japan Media Arts Festival ] The DelFly Explorer flapping-wing micro-UAVhas learned to use onboard vision to localize and escape from a room through a window, which is pretty remarkable:

Whenever you’re not using a telepresence robot, shackle it to a drain pipe in your basement to keep this from happening:

From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, NSF-funded scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent machines.

There's a whole bunch of stuff (it’s a 14 minute video), but I think the most interesting clips are at 9:08 (integrating ROS and Google Glass) and 10:15 (Multiple UAV Flight and Landing).

The symbolic and geometric reasoning is thereby shifted from the operator to the robot allowing the operator to focus on the task rather then on robot-specific capabilities.

Evaluating the possibility of actions in advance allows us to simplify the operator frontend by providing only possible actions for commanding the robot.

By directly displaying video from the robot, we obtain an egocentric perspective which we augment with information about the internal state of the robot.

This way, commanding manipulation tasks is reduced to intuitive selection of the objects to be manipulated replicating the real world experience of the operator.

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