Worried that smart robots are taking over the world? You'll be relieved to know they still have a long way to go. That is unless you're an artificial intelligence researcher like Peter Stone. One big challenge facing robots that walk and run is that they fall over a lot.
Take for example the annual RoboCup competition in which small human-like robots play soccer. Even with the best minds in computer science behind them, they're about as graceful as toddlers (see video). Now neuroscientist Michael Mauk thinks he has a solution. It could put robots one step closer to the ultimate goal of AI researchers: to build robots capable of beating human soccer champs.
We recently featured the work of Michael Mauk and four other neuroscientists in our annual Texas Scientist magazine. These scientists are searching for better treatments for epilepsy and Alzheimer's, exploring how we make memories and learn new things, and revealing how wisdom emerges.
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