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Monday, May 23, 2005

RABBITinator 

Rabbit

If you nudge this robot, it steps forward and catches its balance—much like a human.

The machine called RABBIT, which resembles a high-tech Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz," minus the arms, was developed by University of Michigan and French scientists over six years. It's the first known robot to walk and balance like a human, and late last year, researchers succeeded in making RABBIT run for six steps. It has been able to walk gracefully for the past 18 months.

Link. Live motion video here.

Compare and contrast:

RABBIT photo

Terminator skeleton

Does anybody else think that RABBIT's resemblence to the Terminator skeleton is disturbing?

2 Comments:

By Blogger Final Historian, at Mon May 23, 09:56:00 PM:

I think that there is a good chance that by the end of the century robots will have replaced humans on the battlefield. I suspect that even the role of footsoldier, that most essential position, will one day be held by something not unlike the T-100.  

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