Google's Developed An AI Stickman That Taught Itself How To Walk, Run, And Jump With No Help

Submitted by: melcervini 4 months ago in Tech


You want Skynet? Because this is how you get Skynet.

Google's artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, has developed an AI that has managed to learn how to walk, run, jump, and climb without any prior guidance. The result is as impressive as it is goofy.
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Female 107
I don't see how this could be completely self-taught. It would have had to have some sort of cues, or parameters, in code.

I'm not just being a douche rocket either.

Cause and effect. Why would it walk? Nothing develops this way without a cause. Everything in the universe evolves, changes from one state to the next, but what is the catalyst, where is the friction, and what is the motive?

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Why would it walk without anyone or anything to present a need?

So if it taught itself all that stuff, then a need had to have been programmed, or "something" to push it. Even "instinct" is a preset, because that is a force behind motive.

Impressive? Maybe. True freedom of choice.?.... Since when was a choice ever made in a vacuum? Cockroach wedding proposals don't count.
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Male 41,141
@_suzuka All it "learned" was how to overcome obstacles in its environment. The video says they gave it things like the ability to walk, duck and jump, along with the "incentive" to reach Point B. So yeah, it just had a program to 'learn' by using random skills and then remembering what worked? Still interesting tho, I don't think they're claiming it is actual 'AI' (because it isn't). 
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Female 107
5cats Then why is this impressive at all? Not to insult, but I've known people that could have programmed this shit ages ago.
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Male 41,141
@_suzuka It isn't. Not particularly. It's a pretty small step really. 
I'm sure there's been hundreds of very similar programs before too.

Huge storm coming, must hide under the sofa now... O_o

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Female 107
5cats Make sure you have comic books and a flashlight.
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Male 1,464
should i be impressed?  Last January Nvidia demonstrated a car learning to drive itself in an empty parking lot at the consumer electronics show.  Google is pretty far behind it seems if all they can do is a stick figure.  LOL
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Male 41,141
spanz It's a step in the right direction, not a world-changing event, I think.
It gave the AI the 'ability' to do stuff and then figure out by trial and error what works best. Not all that hard but then again? It is rare to get it to work that well, even a little bit eh?
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Male 602
spanz No, you really shouldn't. The ai only taught itself within an incredible confines. Think of how few dependent variables we have within something like an self balancing armature. Now scale this up. Deep mind is warehouses big and did a shitty job after god knows how many weeks and months, we need a robot that can figure out how to walk 1000x better in 1/100000x of the time? It's an astonishingly complicated problem, and this, this is really kids with blocks. From this, to something that has practical and real world implications for any share of mankind. I'd be amazed if there's robots walking around within the next 40 years, nevermind robots that can think for themselves. What took evolution hundreds of millions of years to perfect, intelligence, it's pretty stupid to think we're gonna develop anything as comparable in even hundreds to thousands of years. This is idiot candy and nothing that wasn't already achievable with technology we already had.
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Male 3,642
spanz Yes, yes you should.  A car learning to drive itself in an empty parking lot is insignificant to a by-pedaled and quad-pedaled AI learning how to walk and jump on it's own.  The physics and dynamics between the two are astronomically different.  Just look at QWOP below.
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Male 41,141
But it's been done before:

Lolz!
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Male 3,642
5cats THIS FUCKING GAME!  I played it for hours and laughed my face off the entire time.
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Female 4,594
kalron27 Real life QWOP  I feel this dude's pain lol
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Male 41
Dat som funay runnin 
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Male 6,202
meh, it should have shown the leadup for what it eventually learned in this video.
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Male 1,940
All I could think while watching the "humanoid" one pump its arms when running was, "YES, YES, I'M DOING IT, YES, I'VE GOT IT, ALRIGHT, AWESOME, KICK ASS, YES, YES, YES!", and so on, and so forth.
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Male 3,642
whosaidwhat I'm going to walk around like this all of the time now.
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Male 1,940
kalron27 Proof, or it didn't happen! I'll expect videos to be posted to IAB within the week!
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Male 3,854
Somehow, I think the guy with the flailing arm would fit right in at BronyCon.
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Male 169
For humanoid robots no doubt. They should collaborate with Boston Dynamics on this one. Perhaps we'll see a realistic terminator in the next 5 years.
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