|The NHK documentary, "Robot Revolution : Will Machines surpass humans" features Honda ASIMO, Hubo, Big Dog from Boston Dynamics, Baxter from Rethink Robotics, Nextage and other humanoid robots. Since the Fukishima nuclear disaster, development of humanoid robotics and the artificial intelligence used in them has accelerated dramatically.|
In the documentary, "Robot Revolution : Will Machines surpass humans" Honda ASIMO, Hubo, Big Dog from Boston Dynamics, Baxter from Rethink Robotics, Nextage and other humanoid robots are featured.
The Japanese-produced documentary highlights how the Fukishima-Daichi disaster in 2011 accelerated the development of humanoid robots. The sense of powerlessness created by virtually no robotics technology being available to enter the site and help was felt worldwide.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge for instance has elements and obstacles that were directly experienced at Fukishima by robotics engineers.
|ASIMO's dexterous hands|
Despite its innovative design and technolgy, ASIMO could not be deployed to Fukishima-Daichi. However Honda has used what it learned from ASIMO's development to create a specially-designed valve-operating robot to help the recovery effort at Fukishima. ASIMO's legs have been re-purposed for the arm of the new robot.
The documentary also features Gill Pratt, head of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Pratt talks about how Fukishima demonstrate that humanoid robots are necessary for disaster situations, where numerous obstacles and functions are necessary. According to Pratt, if an emergency-response robot had been available one hour after the start of the earthquake at the Fukishima reactor, the disaster could have been avoided. To navigate in spaces and with equipment designed for humans, a humanoid robot is the best solution.
ATLAS, the default robot being used in the DRC is also shown in detail. The robot, built by Boston Dynamics.
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