Dr. Petar Kormushev sure has a sense of humor. Not only is the learning algorithm use by the robot his lab built called ARCHER, but its first lesson involved shooting suction-cup arrows. For extra tongue-in-cheek effect, we hereby confirm that’s an Indian headdress it’s wearing. Oh wait, we almost forgot to mention the disturbing bit: Wielding a bow and arrow, the bot managed to perfect its aim after seven tries. That’s deadly impressive if you ask us.
While other bloggers were quick to express mock fear at the thought of this Terminator-to-be, we think this is a great advance for all robotkind. The one we have pictured is an iCub currently being used by the Italian Institute of Technology. It’s an open-sourced bot that’s perfect for testing newfangled software and tech. Being open-sourced, it’s actually possible to build one of these babies (literally, they look like babies) for yourself. Nice.
In case you’re wondering, ARCHER stands for Augmented Reward Chained Regression.
Now if only someone combines the torso of this iCub with that Segway tank’s tracked chassis we featured a few weeks back and we’ve got a baby faced hunter-killer to contend with.