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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How Do You Teach Robots to Dance?

 When I saw the Boston Dynamics robots dancing, it came to mind quickly ow it had been done.   Here Evan does a good job of describing the process.

How Boston Dynamics Taught Its Robots to Dance

Aaron Saunders, Boston Dynamics’ VP of Engineering, tells us where Atlas got its moves from  By Evan Ackerman

A week ago, Boston Dynamics posted a video of Atlas, Spot, and Handle dancing to “Do You Love Me.” It was, according to the video description, a way “to celebrate the start of what we hope will be a happier year.” As of today the video has been viewed nearly 24 million times, and the popularity is no surprise, considering the compelling mix of technical prowess and creativity on display.

Strictly speaking, the stuff going on in the video isn’t groundbreaking, in the sense that we’re not seeing any of the robots demonstrate fundamentally new capabilities, but that shouldn’t take away from how impressive it is—you’re seeing state-of-the-art in humanoid robotics, quadrupedal robotics, and whatever-the-heck-Handle-is robotics.   ... " 

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