The DARPA Challenge continues with with seven teams competing to program ATLAS to kill! …I’m kidding, I’m kidding. They’re programming ATLAS to be able to complete tasks in a disaster-related situation.
It’s pretty crazy to see where these robots evolved from and how fast they’re becoming what we’ve seen in Terminator and I, Robot. The winning team gets funding from DARPA and ongoing technical support from Boston Dynamics.
“The Virtual Robotics Challenge was a proving ground for teams’ ability to create software to control a robot in a hypothetical scenario. The DRC Simulator tasks were fairly accurate representations of real world causes and effects, but the experience wasn’t quite the same as handling an actual, physical robot,” said Gill Pratt, program manager for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. “Now these seven teams will see if their simulation-honed algorithms can run a real machine in real environments. And we expect all teams will be further refining their algorithms, using both simulation and experimentation.”
“We have dramatically raised the expectations for robotic capabilities with this Challenge, and brought together a diverse group of teams to compete,” said Pratt. “The progress the Track A teams have made so far is incredible given the short timeline DARPA put in place. From here out, it’s going to be a race to the DRC Trials in December, and success there just means the qualifying teams will have to keep on sprinting to the finish at the DRC Finals in 2014.”