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Robots Are Getting Really Good at Running

First, we taught robots how to walk and keep their balance, even when we tried to push them over. Now we’re teaching them to run?!

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AMBER, which stands for Advanced Mechanical Bipedal Experimental Robotics Lab, is located at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There, they’re working on figuring out how to best construct robots that can walk just like humans.

One of these robots is the DURUS-2D, which they’ve put through a whole bunch of paces and activities. It’s not a standalone unit - as you can see in the videos, it’s attached to supports, but it is a good demonstration on the motion that’s required to walk.

Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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One clumsey robot... “HA!” ...A tiny little drone. “How cute, I can swat them out of the air like flies.” ...Now picture a horde of running robots networked to a swarm of high speed drones.... Has your expression changed yet?