Oregon State's Bipedal Robot Runs A 5K As We Watch In Skynet-Induced Terror
Since 2017, students at OSU have
This combination of skills has seemingly unlocked “animal-like levels of performance,” such as with Cassie whose legs bend like an ostrich’s. This ostrich-like robot then taught itself to run using a deep reinforcement learning algorithm to develop the best method for staying upright while moving quickly. The training is what allowed Cassie to complete a 5K on Oregon State’s campus in 53 minutes and 3 seconds, which includes 6.5 minutes of reset time due to falls from an overheated computer and moving too fast through a turn.
Despite these minor issues, what Cassie has accomplished is quite impressive and scary at the same time. If you are trying to run from a pursuant bear, you only need to be faster than your slowest friend; but that may not matter when it comes to running robots. Hopefully, it does not come to that, but let us know what you think of Cassie in the comments below.