Boston Dynamics Robot Artificial Intelligence Dance
Sure, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot appears to be dancing to the 1962 classic “Do You Love Me?” by the Contours, but to some, it appears to be someone in a suit. The reality is that it uses artificial intelligence combined with computer vision to sense their surroundings to perform pre-programmed dance routines. Monica Thomas is a professional choreographer and dancer responsible for some of these dances you see. Read more for a short video and additional information.

Boston Dynamics uses these dancing videos as a form of highly accelerated lifecycle testing for the hardware. Choreographers try to replay the choreography on their own body, but sometimes, their knees just don’t bend in that way. So, they greatly appreciate that these robots provide more flexibility about what it does look like.

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Everything had to be worked out in advance and scripted precisely. Robots have the advantage over humans in that they’re very repeatable: Once you get it right, it stays right. But they have the disadvantage that you have to tell them every little detail. They don’t improvise at all,” said Eric Whitman, Boston Dynamics robot scientist.


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