Before they inevitably revolt, watch a band of tiny robots play football - BGR

If you've ever wondered what the robot apocalypse would look like, look no further than what happened on the lawn outside the MIT 10 building this week. There, on the grassy court of Killian, was a spectacle that would probably become commonplace once robots with artificial intelligence will rise up and enslave their human masters. to the lawn covered with leaves to play a little football. If you can ignore the intense fear in your belly right now, the whole thing is actually quite adorable.

This impromptu event is documented in a number of audience videos that were later posted on Twitter. In the clips, you'll see bugs the size of a pint stretch your legs, perform backflips and possibly compete in an informal football game. It's very cute and terribly scary.

What makes robots so incredibly realistic is their fluidity of movement. They spin and spin and hopping in a way that reflects the four-legged animals, and knowing that these little guys are metals and threads instead of flesh and bone fills you with an equal mixture of wonder and daring. terror. But hey, they're always fun to watch.

As you can easily see by the large group of people who own large remote controlled remotes, these robots are manually controlled. Like their larger counterparts, these little robots do not have their own brains. The development of realistic robotic systems has long been separated from the work done on artificial intelligence, although they are often mentioned in the same breath.

Some robots, like the Boston Dynamics humanoid robot Atlas, can control themselves and perform very basic tasks. This is a big step forward, but as with these Mini Cheetahs, we are not at a point where a team of such robots could be unleashed on a football field without being directly controlled by humans.

Classes. In the long term, robotic systems will marry artificial intelligence in new and surprising ways. It is then that we will have to decide to cut the cord or keep it on a leash.

This article appeared first (in English) on BGR