In the sci-fi universe, if you have a robot, there's a very good chance it walks on two legs. "Star Wars" has C-3PO, "Futurama" has Bender, "Transformers" has the Autobots — even the titular robots in "I, Robot" walk with one foot in front of the other. So why, now that real robots are actually a thing, do so few walk on two legs? It's because evolution took a long time to get us here, and it'll take roboticists more than a few decades in the garage to make a convincing copy.
One Small Step For...Oh Dear
A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge
On Their Own Two Feet
Cassie, the Two-Legged Robot
Big Bad Robots Panel Discussion
Written by Ashley Hamer November 15, 2017
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