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Video Friday: Detour on Mars

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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A black and white composite photo showing rocky, dusty, steep terrain on Mars with the wheels of a robotic rover visible in the bottom corner

NASA’s Curiosity rover left several sets of tracks where it experienced a fault, or unexpected stoppage mid-drive while attempting the most difficult climb the mission has faced: a slope with a sharp 23-degree incline, slippery sand, and wheel-size rocks.

NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Enjoy today’s videos!

NASA’s Curiosity rover recently made its most challenging climb on Mars. Curiosity faced a steep, slippery slope on its journey up Mount Sharp, so rover drivers had to come up with a creative detour.

[ JPL ]

Wheel knees for ANYmal! We should learn more about this at IROS 2023 this fall.

[ RSL ]

Hard vision and manipulation problem? Solve it by making it less hard!

[ Covariant ]

Oh good, drones are learning to open doors now.

[ ASL ]

If you look closely, you’ll see that Sanctuary’s robot has fingernails, a detail that I always appreciate on robotic hands.

[ Sanctuary AI ]

This summer, the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, Va., became the official home for Virginia’s SMART Community STEM Camp. The camp hosted over 30 local high school students for a full week to learn about cybersecurity, e-sports, [and] the drone industry—as well as [participating in] a hands-on flying experience.

[ Skydio ]

O_o

[ Pollen Robotics ]

Agility CEO and cofounder Damion Shelton talks with Pras Velagapudi, vice president of innovation and chief architect, about the best methods for robot control, comparing reinforcement learning to what we can now do using LLMs.

[ Agility Robotics ]

In this episode of the Robot Brains podcast, Pieter speaks with John Schulman, cofounder of OpenAI.

[ Robot Brains ]

This week, Sanctuary AI CEO Geordie Rose and Suzanne Gildert, chief technical officer, continue the discussion about their coauthored position paper, now that it has been published. Titled “Building and Testing a General Intelligence Embodied in a Humanoid Robot,” the paper touches on metrics of intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and more. They round off the discussion by answering more audience questions.

[ Sanctuary AI ]

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