J. Bradford DeLong U.C. Berkeley October 15, 2016 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 60th Economic Conference The Elusive “Great” Recovery: Causes and Implications for Future Business Cycle Dynamics Abstract: How has macroeconomic policy been different in this recovery? In banking and regulatory policy, it has been distinguished from earlier patterns—or...
Bipedal robots, such as Boston Dynamics' Atlas may be able to balance on one leg, but Disney Research has gone one better and built a one-legged hopping robot. This unidexter automaton isn't the first hopping robot, but it's the first...Show More Summary
Although people are fascinated by quadruped robots such as those made by Boston Dynamics, it's unlikely that they'll ever be able to afford such complex machines themselves. Scale things down a bit, though, and four-legged-robot-ownership starts becoming more of a possibility. Show More Summary
The Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics precariously balanced on a two-centimeter-wide board using just its onboard sensors and an algorithm developed by the IHMC Robotics lab. IHMC admitted in the video description that the video was a “lucky run” and that the robot usually doesn’t manage to hold its balance for very long. The […]
The audience at Disrupt got a surprise visit from Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. While the company’s YouTube channel is quite popular, it’s even more impressive to see one of Boston Robotics’ robots in action. Boston Dynamics founder and CEO Marc Raibert got interviewed by TechCrunch’s Brian Heater. The two of them spent some time commenting on a video of the… Read More
This is a video of Boston Dynamics' latest Atlas robot balancing on one foot on an impressively thin piece of wood. What a skill to have! I can balance on one foot and look how far it's gotten me: nowhere. I've already been denied an act in the circus twice already even though I promised to set myself on fire. Keep going for the video while I practice my jumpkicks.
Having previously shown off impressive capabilities dealing with uneven ground and being pushed around, the humanoid Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics has now demonstrated the ability to balance unaided on the edge of a plywood board...Show More Summary
Despite years of trying, humanoid robots still have problems staying upright, especially in unusual situations, but they are making some progress. Check out this video showing Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot balancing on one foot on th...
There are plenty of humanoid robots in the world, sure, but most of them look like murderous Terminator droids. Exhibit A: The Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics. One man, however, dreamed of a more human-looking droid — one that looks,...Show More Summary
In addition to robots that run fast, can't be knocked over, launch themselves 30 feet into the air, and climb up walls, Boston Dynamics also makes robots who move like people. Now, imagine if that robot swore like a longshoreman while going about its duties. This made me laugh super hard. (via @nickkokonas) Tags: language parody robots swearing video
In an age dominated by short attention spans, Boston Dynamics has managed to capture our imaginations time and again through sometimes frightening, sometimes adorable and always fascinating robots. But the company’s creations are far more than viral video machines. Show More Summary
SOON IT’LL BE HUNTING YOU: Watch The Boston Dynamics Robot Take A Surreal Hike In The Woods.
This is the world that we are living in. A woman was walking her dog in the woods and came across a team from Boston Dynamics, walking one of their Atlas robots. Crazy. I guess we…
They won't be restricted by one cuisine. The dynamic duo of Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette is back with their latest venture. The partners behind a few acclaimed Boston and New York restaurants officially opened Little Donkey in Beantown's Central Square Monday evening, making a departure from serving a single style of cuisine. Show More Summary
Lucky there are leash laws! (via Reddit)
A woman walking her dog in the woods came across a curious sight, a team from Boston Dynamics walking one of their Atlas robots. Her dog was not sure what to make of it all. via reddit
This is a short video captured by Redditor ekser's mother while she was taking her dog for a walk. The video, which appears to have been shot with the world's shittiest cameraphone (possibly even a pager), shows a group of Boston Dynamics employees taking one of their humanoid robots for a hike through the woods. Show More Summary
The mother of a Reddit user was out walking her dog when she spotted the nice folks over at Boston Dynamics out walking their robot and looking dead inside. Read more...
Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini is the first robo-dog small enough to be your family’s first artificial pet—but it’s still about the size of a German Shepherd. What if you want a robo-dog that’s small enough to carry in a shoulder bag as a yappy fashion accessory? Say hello to PneuHound, which could very well be the world’s first robotic chihuahua. Read more...
YouTube link. "SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. Show More Summary