Can Artificial IntelligenceTeach itself to Dance or Walk?

Well, it has managed to teach itself Parkour/

DeepMind, the AI in development by Google, has made many strides in the way it learns, and what it learns. It has taught itself parkour.

What is Parkour?

The word comes from the French “parcours”, which literally means, “the way through”, or “the path”. What we now all know as “Parkour” with a “k” had its origins in a training program for French Special Forces known as “Parcours du combattant”, or “The Path of the Warrior”. …

According to the strictest definition, Parkour is the act of moving from point “a” to point “b” using the obstacles in your path to increase your efficiency. Sounds like a fun game, right? A basic repertoire of moves developed over the years, like the “tic-tac”, the “kong vault” and the “gap jump” that make Parkour immediately recognisable to most people who see it, even if they don’t know what it’s called!

Usually it takes human beings a fair amount of training to do parkour. And, AI seems to be on the roll, while it is concerned. What could this mean? it means, that the day we use robots with AI for military ops is not so far away. Not immediately, but maybe 20 years from now. A few years ago, Google bought Boston Dynamics,

an engineering and robotics design company that is best known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military

you can see a video of their new ‘dog’ called spot, that is meant for indoor and outdoor operation

Engineers are going to be needed to build robots, and programme them to work. Humanities students are going to be needed to teach the robots to learn better and faster. These are jobs of the not so distant future? are you ready for a job in AI and robotics.

Have you read our earlier piece on AI, and what it is, and the skills needed ?