Learning to move

When will machines have human agility?

That’s what the film studio Universal Everything tries to answer in their captivating videos pairing a dancer and a copycat robot mimicking his moves.

Set in a spacious, well-worn dance studio, a dancer teaches a series of robots how to move. As the robots’ abilities develop from shaky mimicry to composed mastery, a physical dialogue emerges between man and machine – mimicking, balancing, challenging, competing, outmanoeuvring.

Can the robot keep up with the dancer? At what point does the robot outperform the dancer? Would a robot ever perform just for pleasure? Does giving a machine a name give it a soul?

These human-machine interactions from Universal Everything are inspired by the Hype Cycle trend graphs produced by Gartner Research, a valiant attempt to predict future expectations and disillusionments as new technologies come to market.

Based on recent research done by UK company Deep Mind, AI is showing flashes of a brain-like GPS system.

Even more, you’ll be able to buy some of the Boston Dynamics robots next year.

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