Robot Olympics

19.12.2013 Misc Tech #Robots

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DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) veranstalten am Wochenende die dritte Robotic Challenge und die dürfte nach den ganzen Googlebostonbotnews der vergangenen Tage ziemlich viel Aufmerksamkeit generieren. Die Veranstalter vom Militär sprechen freilich immer nur davon, dass die hier entstehenden Bots für Katastropheneinsätze fit gemacht werden sollen, wir wissen aber alle, dass die dabei entstehenden Technologien genauso in autonomen Tötungsmaschinen und in Dronen enden werden. Aber hey, bis dahin kriegen wir sicher noch einen ganzen Haufen Videos von nicht umfallenden Bots, die mit Betonblöcken rumschmeißen.

At the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials Friday and Saturday at the Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., robot prototypes will be run through a challenge course consisting of eight tasks to evaluate robots’ perception, autonomous decision-making, mobility, dexterity and strength — all the qualities DARPA expects robots would need to work in disaster scenarios.

Speed, however, is not one of the qualities that will be tested. Robots will be given 30 minutes to perform each of the eight tasks once over the course of the two-day event, although DARPA expects that not all of the teams will be able to complete every task. “We know the robots are slow and unsteady at this point—they’re much like a one-year-old human in terms of locomotion and grasping abilities and much farther behind that in brainpower,” said Gill Pratt, DARPA program manager, in a statement.

“The robots are taking ‘baby steps’ this year, but their performance will establish a reference point for what we can expect from the teams that return next year for the DRC Finals,” said Pratt. “We want that event to be much more difficult and force the robots to demonstrate useful capabilities in realistic disaster scenarios.” Teams from MIT, NASA and Boston Dynamics, among 14 others, will compete for as many as eight spots to continue to receive DARPA funding to advance their robot for the DRC Finals scheduled for late 2014.

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