"We’re bouncing now" - New version of MITs robotic Cheetah
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in their robotic cheetah. It enables the robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.
In experiments on an indoor track, the robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph. The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. Sangbae Kim, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, hypothesizes that this force-control approach to robotic running is similar, in principle, to the way world-class sprinters race. “Many sprinters, like Usain Bolt, don’t cycle their legs really fast,” Kim says. “They actually increase their stride length by pushing downward harder and increasing their ground force, so they can fly more while keeping the same frequency.”
Evidence Shows The Need For A Universal Basic Income
Evidence and fact based policy are at the core of the Futurist Party.
Many of us were taught at a young age that those who receive entitlements are lazy and “stealing” money from the rest of us because they are taking tax payer money. Obviously they could find a job we were told, they just don’t want to.
Recent US college graduates are some of the most educated humans in history yet 48% are working at jobs that require less than a four-year college degree. If college graduates are taking low paying jobs, where are those without college degrees supposed to work? The Labor Force Participation Rate suggests many are dropping out of the labor market because they can’t find work.
The Futurist Party is a forward thinking party that doesn’t look 1-5 years into the future but looks 10-50 years into the future. We are currently undergoing an automation revolution. This oxford paper shows 47% of jobs are at high risk of being automated by 2034. Can we replace another 66 million jobs? Most jobs can be broken down into a repetitive series of steps, and automated systems are much cheaper than human labor. Computers are also getting smarter. IBM’s Watson can debate and is better at identifying cancer than human doctors. What else will it learn in the next 20 years? Next 50 years?
Normally, self-affirmation is reserved for instances in which identity is threatened in direct ways: race, gender, age, weight, and the like. Here, Nyhan decided to apply it in an unrelated context: Could recalling a time when you felt good about yourself make you more broad-minded about highly politicized issues, like the Iraq surge or global warming? As it turns out, it would. On all issues, attitudes became more accurate with self-affirmation, and remained just as inaccurate without. That effect held even when no additional information was presented—that is, when people were simply asked the same questions twice, before and after the self-affirmation.
Suppose that Mark Zuckerberg personally favors whichever candidate you don’t like. He arranges for a voting prompt to appear within the newsfeeds of tens of millions of active Facebook users—but unlike in the 2010 experiment, the group that will not receive the message is not chosen at random. Rather, Zuckerberg makes use of the fact that Facebook “likes” can predict political views and party affiliation…
Lets go to the future.