Creepy Buglike Bots Unveiled at Japanese Robotics Conference

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img At the Move conference, hosted at the University of Tokyo, a swarm of crawling mechanical research projects got their public debut. These bots, a product of the Yamanaka research lab, were built to demonstrate and test different types of locomotion and show a responsive robotic design. Part art exhibit, part robo-prototype, artists are able to adjust various parameters as the bots move. While mesmerizing, these things are absolutely freaky. One, in the video below, looks like a dismembered spine’s grown dozens of legs and started crawling across the table. Its companion resembles a tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell. The two crawly bois gently collide as someone squees in the background. And, yeah, it is super cute. But only if you don’t stop to think of the gruesome ends the bots will have for have us.Some time down the line, I suspect that the bots will be chopping us to bits and using our parts — spines, organs, whatever — as their scurrying, swarming little minions. And the worst of it is that we’re doing the research for them. Now all the future bots need do is copy our designs. But, putting the paranoid brain aside for just a moment, other demos were even more bizarre, albeit substantially less morbid. One, is a bipedal quadcopter drone. Don’t ask why, it’s just a thing now. But, if you’re interested in how, there’s a full explainer that shows the team behind the weird walking drone essentially used machine learning algorithms to generate a walking gait that matched the movement and pitch, roll, and yaw of the drone. It’s cool, but definitely on the artsy side in its presentation. And y’know what? That’s okay. We can express ourselves as humans through semi-autonomous sculpture. Just know that these quadcopters will be used to drag our broken bodies around the busted-up and bombed out cities of some not-distant-enough-future. I warned you. last_img