MIT Robot Cheetah Jumps So Hard It Snaps Its Own Leg

I think what's weird about this clip is that MIT's Cheetah robot slavishly follows its own programming even when it causes it to snap its own 3D-printed leg like a twig.

I'm not sure if I should laugh or cower in fear of a dystopia where robots, not knowing their own strength, destroy us and themselves alike.


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Jesse Shaffer

Robotic "animals" should be tested on terrain, not treadmills. An automotive, and especially an aviation engineer (let alone an NVH guy for either,) would look at the movements of this thing with a bit of disgust. DARPA is funding a group of guys who can't even figure out how animals move, with even basic modeled examples available, such as bugs:

When a successful species sets off - weight is distributed centrally to maintain maximum efficiency in regard to forward momentum. All living things that move intelligently use their legs, arms, and other appendages to center their own mass' resistant force of gravity. That's why humans swing their arms when they walk, or why Cheetahs use their tail for torque vectoring.

The way this robot smacks its own weight back and forth between the front and rear of the chassis - it's no wonder the thing is snapping componentry.