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COVID-19 pandemic proves the need for ‘social robots,’ ‘robot avatars’ and more, say experts

The COVID-19 pandemic may be the catalyst that inspires a slew of robotics innovation, from social robots to robot avatars that go to conferences in our stead, according to a public letter from 13 robotics experts from China to Switzerland to Italy to the USA.



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Google taught this robotic dog to learn new tricks by imitating a real one

Google researchers are using imitation learning to teach autonomous robots how to pace, spin, and move in more agile ways.What they did: Using a data set of motion capture data recorded from various sensors attached to a dog, the researchers taught a quadruped robot named Laikago several different movements that are hard to achieve through traditional hand-coded robotic controls.How they did it: First, they used the motion data from the real dog to construct simulations of each maneuver, including a dog trot, side-step, and … a dog version of classic ’80s dance move, the running man.



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