Can you outrun it?
Oregon State University’s innovative bipedal robot, Cassie, has made history by running five kilometres in 53 minutes. That’s almost on par with the average human: Members of our species can run the same distance in around 30 to 40 minutes.
The bot, which was produced by Agility Robotics, completed the route entirely untethered and on a single battery charge. Cassie is the first bipedal robot to use machine learning to control a running gait on outdoor terrain, showcasing a somewhat eerie ability to emulate humankind.
Cassie was developed under the direction of OSU robotics professor and Agility Robotics co-founder Jonathan Hurst with a 16-month, US$1 million (S$1.35 million) grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense. She was first introduced in 2017 and has since been further finessed in the lab.