Don’t even worry about Dyret the robot. At first sight, the scrawny quadruped examines pathetic, as it conflicts to move without collapsing. But keep watching, and you’ll see it start to improve–walking slowly, yet ever more proficiently. Dyret the robot is learning itself to go. Or even, according to a new class of robotics investigates, evolving.
Machines like Cassie the biped or SpotMini the robot dog are swiftly mastering locomotion, thanks to path after wrinkle of scrupulous code. But Dyret is different–it learns to move on one particular surface, say carpet or frost, through trial and error. It adapts to its environment , not with lots of explicitly coded teaches like in traditional robots, but with special algorithms and limbs that automatically shorten and prolong to adjust the robot’s center of gravity. It’s announced evolutionary robotics, and it’s a potentially potent direction to get machines to master novel terrain on their own , no hand-holding required.