Deep Learning Helps Robot Learn to Walk the Way Humans Do

Darwin the robot wobbles when he walks. And sometimes he falls. But unlike most robots, he learns from his mistakes — just like people do — and adjusts his technique on the fly. His baby steps could lead to a new generation of autonomous robots that adapt to changing environments and new situations without a human reprogramming them. These robots could tackle dangerous tasks such as handling rescue efforts or cleaning up disaster areas. Or, they could become assistants that help out around the house or ferry a package across town. “An autonomous robot would be able to take a high-level goal and figure out how to achieve it,” said Igor Mordatch, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, who is leading the Darwin research project. “That would…

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