The correlation to humans the creators present is rather compelling:

On a higher level, this concept could also share some similarities with what human do when they are injured: if a movement is painful, humans do not fully understand what cause the pain, but they identify the behaviors that cause the pain; once they know that some move are painful, they learn to instinctively avoid them.


All joking aside, this is an amazing advancement in robotics and one that could have larger implications for other bots in the near term. Sure, it takes the little guy about 20 minutes to right the ship, but the fact that it can and does is pretty damn cool. [Spectrum IEEE]