Open thread: Robot nails landing on quadruple backflip

posted at 2:31 pm on July 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

A bit of a palate cleanser and a chance for you guys to take off on whatever moves you. The video first came to my attention via a link to the Daily Beast, but you can watch it straight from YouTube and avoid the issues of visiting their site. Somebody who is far too clever, has too much time on their hands, or both, designs a robot which performs an Olympics style gymnastics routine on the horizontal bar. The fact that the robot can even build up the uneven momentum to begin full giant swings is fairly impressive, but timing the release and the pike tuck to do four full rotations before landing solidly on a gym mat takes it to the next level.

This is, of course, terrible news. Anyone who read Ed’s review of Pacific Rim should already know that robots are trouble and will eventually result in the extermination of mankind. It probably all started when Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov, because that’s how they lure you in. Sure, everybody was all thrilled that an “American” computer kicked some Ruskie butt, and who doesn’t like a good reason to fire off some rockets and wave the flag? But it wasn’t long before his son was on Jeopardy picking the pockets of hard working American nerds. This is how it starts. And pretty soon they’ve gone all Forbin Project on you and Skynet is warming up the missile silos.

Don’t believe me? How about a robot snake. Oh… come on! Who wouldn’t want a freaking robot snake? It doesn’t get much more cool than that. But no sooner have you amazed your friends by having your mechanical anaconda fetch you a beer from the fridge than it’s out there taking the jobs of doctors and first responders.

But engineers today are making robots that can do much more interesting jobs. Robots shaped like snakes could one day search for victims after an earthquake or help doctors perform surgeries. Underwater robots might be able to lead fish away from environmental disasters. And humanlike robots could help people with diseases or physical disabilities.

Don’t say you weren’t warned. And now, on to the snake video. And whatever else you scamps would like to chat about.


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Yesterday the 17 min poverty pimp covered up this travesty, under the radar…on Friday afternoon.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

From a headline thread, but significant

http://wpc.281e.edgecastcdn.net/80281E/u/u/thumbs/2010/Jan/23/460322_56_avatar.gif

Shaughnessy on July 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

This will never happen, at least not literally. That is LADY Liberty, Not Mr. Liberty.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Well, he’s no humpbot.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

http://wpc.281e.edgecastcdn.net/80281E/u/u/thumbs/2010/Jan/23/460322_56_avatar.gif

Shaughnessy on July 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

This will never happen, at least not literally. That is LADY Liberty, Not Mr. Liberty.

Messed up the format in previous post.

RWM, you should move this to your great blog and pipe it out to the world.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Impressive, but I’ll start worrying when the little guy can get on the bar himself, and/or change his own batteries.

Until then, he’s nothing without me.

cheers

eon

eon on July 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Robots will never look cute in leotards.

Blake on July 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

you scamps

.
Scamps?
Neighborhood kids on your lawn again Jazz?

LincolntheHun on July 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I, for one, welcome our new robot Olympian overlords.

rbj on July 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The poverty pimp and race-huckster in chief is as smooth as silk.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

“I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul searching,” Obama said, and I hope he included himself in the search.

obama has no soul.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Well, he’s no humpbot.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I blame it on the steroids…

One loses interest in humping with those, I’ve been told.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Robots will never look cute in leotards.

Blake on July 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Robots, currently, no.

But, pneumatic companions….well…let’s not go there….yeah, let’s not go there. :-)

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Why must we pretend…?
These guys are just trying to create a sex robot.
Disgusting…yet intruiging.

NeoKong on July 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Bring back the HUMPBOT!!!

Liberty or Death on July 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Now all weekend long on the Sunday shows, on the news shows, he will be the subject of the news. His comments, his lectures his condescension to the American people. Does Barack Obama sound to you like somebody who is honored to be president of the United States? Is he honored to be our leader? No he doesn’t. He sounds resentful and condescending and contemptuous. We’re a great country, we’re a great people. We’ve done so many great things, I can’t even list them. Not just here but throughout the world. But you wouldn’t know that listening to this man. We’ve overcome many things in this country: slavery, segregation, state discrimination. We’ve come very very far, no thanks to Barack Obama and Eric Holder. No thanks to Al Sharpton. No. I’m ashamed of this president, I think he’s a disgrace. I’m ashamed of this Attorney General, I think he’s a disgrace. They have no respect for you, I don’t care what your color is. They have no respect for this country. None. (The Mark Levin Show, July 19, 2013)

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I don’t think I’m too impressed with a landing that took 47 spins to “nail” although the speed was somewhat impressive. I think you are correct in your conjecture, you can’t get that kind of shape without help.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

ehn.

By Olympic standards it sucked. It needs to extend before it lands, not after. I give it a 7.8

hepcat on July 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Robots, currently, no.

But, pneumatic companions….well…let’s not go there….yeah, let’s not go there. :-)

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The first guy caught having an affair with a pneumatic companion will be right up there with the guy who got the very first DUI on a riding mower.

GreatCommunicator on July 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Still prefer the Humpbot…a simple, yet innocent tawdriness about him.

Not this grandstanding, “look at me, look at me!!!”

Get enough of that from Obama. All wind up…no pitch.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Scamps?
Neighborhood kids on your lawn again Jazz?

LincolntheHun on July 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Not any more.

#GOML

Jazz Shaw on July 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

GreatCommunicator on July 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Hmmm…does the “Borghild Project” ring a bell?

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Now is a great time to purchase Robot Insurance, courtesy of Old Glory®.

mintycrys on July 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I’m just waiting for an attractive stranger to walk up and say “Come with me if you want to live”

JimmyMack on July 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Hmmm…does the “Borghild Project” ring a bell?

Just read about it. OH. MY. WORD. – it goes under the heading of “you’ve got to be kidding me”. However, doesn’t totally shock the system.

He’ll also be right up there with Larry Walters – AKA the “lawn chair pilot”. LOL

GreatCommunicator on July 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM

No TV news for me this weekend.

Had it with them all.

Will find out what I want to know on the internet.

Barred on July 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM

JimmyMack on July 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Happens every night…corner of Summit and Huron.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The ‘snakes’ look more like centipedes in a lot of that footage. And the thing going up the guy’s leg is just … I’m thinking he enjoyed that way too much.

GWB on July 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM

@coldwattior

Is that in Detroit?

JimmyMack on July 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

JimmyMack on July 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Toledo.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

This post calls for some “Robot Love”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=berLBj5EoiA

just call him a fan.

Tom Servo on July 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

There is so much more happening on this planet that will have a direct effect on our lives than this Traytable/Zimmerman circus.

Obama,Holder and the rest of the race industry have determined long ago they won’t do anything substantive about black on black crime- a high body count is just too lucrative for the race industry. But boy Howdy they are sure looking to get that black on white murder rate ticked up by 10 points or so…..

HatfieldMcCoy on July 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Tom Servo on July 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Robot Love? Is that the latest release from Golden Earring?

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Stuck the landing.

Sacramento on July 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Frackin’ cylons.

Arnold Yabenson on July 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

OT: Batman will be in the Man of Steel sequel.

LaughterJones on July 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Which old witch? This old witch! Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead!

Splashman on July 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

OT: Batman will be in the Man of Steel sequel.

LaughterJones on July 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

How can you be OT in an open thread?

Splashman on July 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

The Russian judges would still only give it a 3.4

portlandon on July 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Helen Thomas; RIP: http://tinyurl.com/mfvuutj

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM

The Russian judges would still only give it a 3.4

portlandon on July 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

That’s funny right there.

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. Can’t be much worse than our human overlords.

BigGator5 on July 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

1987: Sharpton spreads the incendiary Tawana Brawley hoax, insisting heatedly that a 15-year-old black girl was abducted, raped, and smeared with feces by a group of white men. He singles out Steve Pagones, a young prosecutor. Pagones is wholly innocent — the crime never occurred — but Sharpton taunts him: “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can . . . prove you did it.” Pagones does sue, and eventually wins a $345,000 verdict for defamation. To this day, Sharpton refuses to recant his unspeakable slander or to apologize for his role in the odious affair.

1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin’s funeral he rails against the “diamond merchants” — code for Jews — with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting “Kill the Jews!” and stabbed to death.

1995: When the United House of Prayer, a large black landlord in Harlem, raises the rent on Freddy’s Fashion Mart, Freddy’s white Jewish owner is forced to raise the rent on his subtenant, a black-owned music store. A landlord-tenant dispute ensues; Sharpton uses it to incite racial hatred. “We will not stand by,” he warns malignantly, “and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s are spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shout, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell. On Dec. 8, one of the protesters bursts into Freddy’s, shoots four employees point-blank, then sets the store on fire. Seven employees die in the inferno.

http://floppingaces.net/2012/03/31/who-dies-next-because-of-al-sharpton-reader-post/

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Which old witch? This old witch! Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead!

Splashman on July 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Now now, she’s learning some hard lessons right now. Lucifer has been waiting for her for some time.

BobMbx on July 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Next movie: Sharks on a Plane

TfromV on July 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Actually, I believe, theoretically at least, that I could program the rotations on the bar, the timing for the contractions to increase the angular velocity, the release time, and the tuck and spin.

Theoretically.

But the sticking the landing? Fuggedaboutit. Not in a million years.

It’s all physics. Once you’ve figured out how to write the AI (hell, it’s not even really that, to be honest) to handle the gyroscopes, and move the gears, it’s just math.

But that landing is slick. Even knowing that it’s “just math”, I’m still in awe.

nukemhill on July 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

The robot snake appears to be a goa’uld/replicator hybrid.

acasilaco on July 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM