Autonomous shape-shifting robots have arrived (What the Future)
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On today's show, autonomous shape-shifting robots, Halloween's best dress robot and a near seizure inducing look inside one of the [UNKNOWN].
Give this little robot a job to do.
It'll figure out a way to get it done, even if it requires a little shape-shifting.
Engineers at Cornell University designed it to observe its surroundings and adapt its shape to accomplish the task at hand.
So watch this.
Here they told the robot to retrieve that pink object on your screen.
Now the robot recognizes it's too wide.
So watch what it does.
Like a glove.
Okay, let's take it up a notch.
Here the robot's playing mailman.
It's got to deliver a package at the top of those stairs.
So that worked, but we should tell you that one delivery took 24 tries.
Still better than on track.
Those cubes attach magnetically and cameras collect data about the robots surroundings.
It chooses it's shape from a library of 57 possible configurations.
So this type of technology could be incredibly useful in disaster situations when robots could be used to rescue people trapped after an earthquake or during a hurricane cleanup.
This bot did some shape shifting of its own for Halloween.
This is Oregon State University's robot named Cassie.
Now they built Cassie in an AT-ST costume for Halloween.
If you're not familiar, AT-STs are transports used by Imperial troops in Star Wars.
But they didn't stop at the costume.
They went the extra parsec and shot a video of Cassie blasting lasers in a forest, which may or may not be Endor.
Now according to OSU's YouTube channel, no Ewoks were harmed in the making of this video.
Here's the best glimpse we gotten so far into Elon Musk's vision for high-speed travel.
He twitted this 30-second time-lapse video.
It's a walk-through of the tunnel his Boring Company is digging under L.A. He didn't say how long it is right now.
He just said he walked the full length and called disturbingly long.
The plan is to make it two miles.
The idea here is passengers would be transported on skates in groups up to 16 at speeds up to 165 miles per hour.
Definitely faster than sitting in LA traffic, though that's a pretty low bar.
Musk said the project is still on track to open December 10th with test drives starting the next day.
Okay, time to take a question from you guys.
Shawn John asked us awhile back if The Boring Company project is safe enough for an earthquake.
Now, surprisingly enough, engineers agree that tunnels are actually one of the safest places to be during an earthquake.
That's because underground structures move with the soil, they don't sway back and forth like buildings do.
That's gonna do it for this show, I'm Andy Altman.
Thanks for watching with What the Future.
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