Building Robots That Can Go Where We Go

IEEE Spectrum | February 26, 2019

Robots have walked on legs for decades. Today’s most advanced humanoid robots can tramp along flat and inclined surfaces, climb up and down stairs, and slog through rough terrain. Some can even jump. But despite the progress, legged robots still can’t begin to match the agility, efficiency, and robustness of humans and animals.
Existing walking robots hog power and spend too much time in the shop. All too often, they fail, they fall, and they break. For the robotic helpers, we’ve long dreamed of to become a reality, these machines will have to learn to walk as we do.
We must build robots with legs because our world is designed for legs. We step through narrow spaces, we navigate around obstacles, we go up and down steps. Robots on wheels or tracks can’t easily move around the spaces we’ve optimized for our own bodies.

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The engineering sector needs collaborative action: The evidence and trends presented in this year’s Engineering UK report confirm that the long-term (2020) recommendations remain the same as last year.

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The engineering sector needs collaborative action: The evidence and trends presented in this year’s Engineering UK report confirm that the long-term (2020) recommendations remain the same as last year.

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