Within just the last decade alone, the human race has achieved astonishing success with robot technology.
We use them to do some of the most difficult tasks from manufacturing to engineering projects around the world.
In the near future, we’ll be seeing more robot cars on our public roads and highways as major manufactures are in a race to perfect this technology.
Recently, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, took their creation, the DURUS robot to another level.
What many of us take for granted and often times fail to see the complexity of walking, DURUS has made new strides in a pair of size 13 Adidas.
This battery-powered machine is programmed to simulate walking successfully. While it can’t pick itself up from a fall, it’s a step forward in the advancement of a greater goal.
We often don’t think about walking consciously in our surroundings, as we usually leave the majority of the work to our subconscious mind. From the moment we were infants, there was someone present in our lives who programmed this basic function into our learning, by teaching us to walk.
Maintaining our balance while walking up a few flights of steps while holding a conversation requires precise computing power from our brains and we all do it everyday.
There are robots which can walk like humans, but in an awkward mechanical fashion. This alone should be evidence of how much brain power it takes for a person to look at new terrain while navigating successfully to a destination.
Looking Towards The Future
Researchers and developers from all over the world working on humanoids envision a day where man can co-exist side by side with these complex robots.
It seems like forever that we’ve obsessed over the possibility of interacting with artificial intelligence that can think and learn to navigate in our world without our help.
Most of us might think of a Terminator type deal, where man is surpassed by his creation who becomes the harbinger of death and destruction.
But there are real world usefulness yet to be explored and revealed to what researchers are doing.
From DARPA technology to full-fledged humanoids, robot technology can be used in many applications across a wide spectrum for our benefit.
We may see the day a machine can run through a burning building to save lives or carry out the most dangerous of aspects of construction.
Curiosity Rover has already done what is basically impossible for a human to do without protection on the Red Planet.
If you own a smartphone, we see artificial intelligence on a small-scale working for us. Many have some form of virtual assistance available. Google Now, Siri, Cortana and more can fetch searches and remember and schedule important events.
Really, at this point we simply ask ourselves not if, but when will robots take over and do most of the work for us.
Our fascination with developing machines and advancing robot technology which can think and reason for themselves is never-ending. As each generation progresses, we see more technical marvels that solidify the evidence emerging breakthroughs in technology which will see our goals come to pass.