Training a Robotic Dog
Researchers have been training a robotic dog. Alex Li, Head of the Advanced Robotics Lab at Edinburgh University, is using AI in robotics.
Researchers trained the robotic dog by copying the way children are taught to play football. First, children are taught individual skills. They learn to pass, dribble and shoot. Then they learn how to put those skills together to win a game.
First, the dog was taught skills like walking. Then it was taught to solve problems, like getting up from different positions and walking to a target. This technique was useful because the dog could be introduced to new situations. For example, walking up and down the stairs. And it was trained to make quick changes so it could stay standing and continue to its goal.
It’s cool to see a robotic dog run, fall, and watch it get back on its feet. But researchers want a robot that can do something more useful for us. For example, they want to train AI that can control a human-like robot. But they also know that it would be more difficult than training a robotic dog to walk and get up.