If Big Dog is a supply robot, then why is it throwing concrete blocks?

Posted on 15 March 2013 by nsharkey

The impressive ‘big dog’ robot by Boston Dynamics was ostensibly designed as a robust mule
to carry supplies to the front line without putting soldiers in danger. So why then, have robot grippers been added so that it can throw concrete blocks for some distance? It’s not for shelf stacking – that’s for sure.

Noel SharkeyPhD, DSc FIET, FBCS CITP FRIN FRSA is Professor of AI and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield and was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004-2010).

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