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Will the DARPA Robotics Challenge’s final, grueling stage kill the humanoid bot? | Zero Moment

curated by | March 23, 2015

“The other major news [besides the list of teams] to come out of DARPA’s announcement is of a more technical, and potentially hilarious nature. “We’re cutting the cord,” said DRC program manager Gill Pratt during a telephone briefing yesterday. “None of the robots have tethers.” The machines competing in June won’t have power cords, communication cables, or—and this is the most important part—safety tethers. … Let’s be clear about this: Robots are going to faceplant during the DRC finals.”

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