Mobile robots are moving forwards quickly.
Boston Dynamics is transforming the ability of robots to manoeuvre around their environment. Only a decade or two ago, mobile robots needed a flat surface to run on. They had wheels and wheels are not much use when it comes to steps or similar obstacles. BD’s robots have legs and they can handle steps with ease. The difference is that researchers have successfully worked out the mathematics of locomotion. Moreover, it doesn’t seem to require AI. What will require AI, though, will be many of the navigational demands placed upon robots. That is coming along well too. Put the two together and automation takes a giant step forwards.
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