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Karl Horst (Germany)
I have to wonder how long they took to film that, how many takes it took to get film of the robot performing according to plan, but it's still some amazing progress from 20 years or so ago when even getting a robot to walk at all was a huge obstacle.
@ Whitehall - The 1903 Wright flyer first showed up with two 12-horse power engines. About ten years later the Sopwith Camel was up to 130-hp. Twenty years later the P-51 Mustang engine had over 1,000 hp. Fifty years later the F-16 Falcon engine can generate upwards of 100,000 hp.
Give it time, they'll solve the power source soon enough. :-)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Don't confuse Power with Energy. A battery has energy content - something like 2900 milliampere-hours for a cell phone for example. Short it out and you get plenty of power (an explosion) but in one big, short blast.
A 1000 hp car with a two gallon tank has power but is short of energy.
When I say batteries are plateauing, I mean Li ions and hydrogen ions are the lightest, most energy-dense reactants on the Periodic table.
Chemical batteries will get better (more energy density), but not exponentially, just marginally.
These robots are not like a Rube Goldberg machine. They need something to start them and energy to keep them going. Lost in Space "danger danger Will Robinson" or that one, uh, acey-deucy-oh with the fey robo-partner.
it will be a long time before we see robots built into a 250 ton haul truck.
How long you figure before robots become self-sufficient? So long humans, don't let the door hit you ...
There are some factories that are robot machines doing this or that, screwing on bumpers and whatnot. But even in the most automated factories electrical and mechanical techs are required. My uncle Letsgo told me of a factory up by him in Blue Island that had very few humans. Some to change light bulbs, some to sweep the floors and clean the toilets.
I was an electrician for forty years and my life-long dream? Become a light bulb changer in Las Vegas. Millions of 'em, see, and me the King of Lamps. Which is the proper word for what we call light bulbs. Lamps, incandescent, metal halide, fluorescent, some more.
And my wife is giving me that "I told you not to drink that third espresso" look so watts that? Oh, time to go.