World’s Fastest Robot
Computational Neuroscientists And Engineers Build Robot That Teaches Itself To Walk Up And Down Hills
December 1, 2007 — Computational neuroscientists designed a robot that teaches itself how to walk on differing terrain. The RunBot uses an infrared eye to detect slopes, and adjusts its gait for the smoothest walk. From repeated attempts it matches the degree of slope to the appropriate length of step and movement of joints. Essentially, the robot learns to walk on uneven ground in the same way as a child.
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A strange thing happened to me at about 7:30 A.M. today. I had just watched the second to last episodes of season 2 of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I didn’t have the mkv codec to play the last episode or episodes, and needed to move my computer to download it, and I did not want to watch it in the daylight, because I can’t block out very well in my cubicle, so I started moving things out to a darker place. When I was moving my speakers, somehow, it caused my radio, which was on the floor, to turn on – something had hit the on button, which was very odd, since it was mainly light wires dragging across the radio, and the button is small. After standing for a few seconds, wondering how it could have been turned on, I continued moving the computer equipment. I decided to leave the radio on for a while because I thought God wanted me to hear something important. After many minutes of hearing nothing of interest, and preparing a place for my PC in less daylight, I went near the radio and stood there, and came close to turning it off, because the babble was annoying me, but I felt that God wanted me to hear something, so I continued moving things. Very soon after, as I was still moving things about, a news reporter (who’s voice annoys me) talked about a breakthrough: a very recent creation of an artificial neural network that produced unexpected brain wave patterns.