These Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

A virtual school to teach robot dogs to walk. This reminds me a lot of the Matrix when Neo learns a new skill…

From Robotic Systems Lab on YouTube Via WIRED:

The virtual robot army was developed by researchers from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and chipmaker Nvidia. They used the wandering bots to train an algorithm that was then used to control the legs of a real-world robot.

In the simulation, the machines—called ANYmals—confront challenges like slopes, steps, and steep drops in a virtual landscape. Each time a robot learned to navigate a challenge, the researchers presented a harder one, nudging the control algorithm to be more sophisticated.

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