DeepMind Makes AI Walk & Run (Serious & Funny)

DeepMind Makes AI Walk & Run (Serious & Funny)

I recently saw a video that made me go "wow" ... and a day later I saw the same video with sound effects applied and it made me laugh really hard.

Google's DeepMind AI Just Taught Itself how to Walk

Google's artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, has developed an AI that has managed to learn how to walk, run, jump, and climb without any prior guidance. The result is as impressive as it is goofy.

Posted by Artificial Intelligence Blog on Saturday, July 29, 2017

And here is the original video by Tech Insider.

Google's artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, has developed an AI that has managed to learn how to walk, run, jump, and climb without any prior guidance. The result is as impressive as it is goofy.

But what is really going on here is highly impressive!

DeepMind writes: "True motor intelligence requires learning how to control and coordinate a flexible body to solve tasks in a range of complex environments. Existing attempts to control physically simulated humanoid bodies come from diverse fields, including computer animation and biomechanics.  A trend has been to use hand-crafted objectives, sometimes with motion capture data, to produce specific behaviors. However, this may require considerable engineering effort, and can result in restricted behaviours or behaviours that may be difficult to repurpose for new tasks."

Achieving flexible and adaptive control of simulated bodies is a key element of AI research. Our work aims to develop flexible systems which learn and adapt skills to solve motor control tasks while reducing the manual engineering required to achieve this goal. Future work could extend these approaches to enable coordination of a greater range of behaviours in more complex situations.
— DeepMind

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