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DARPA Robotics Challenge results in AI You’ve Been Framed

If you’re worried about the impending robot uprising, we’ve got a video that should help calm your nerves.

This week saw the final of the DARPA Robotics Challenge in California, where the most advanced humanoid robots in the world tested their mettle against a series of challenges for android supremacy – and a $1 million prize.

While some highlighted the advances being made in robotics, the masses floundered, flapped and fell – and fell, and fell again.

Although surely troubling for the boffins who have invested plenty of money and countless hours in their development, for us layfolk, the result is a hilarious video compilation of robotic spills and slip-ups (below). The rise of the machines doesn’t look so menacing now.


Once all the gaffs and crashes were done with, an eventual winner was crowned. A South Korean robot dubbed DRC-Hubo – managed to navigate the disaster zone-esque obstacle course more successfully that its 22 challengers.

Taking a $1 million (£654m) prize, DRC-Hubo completed the military-backed event’s course in 44 minutes and 28 seconds.

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