Russ Tedrake on Underactuated Robotics, Control, Dynamics and Touch

Lex Fridman talks to Russ Tedrake in the latest episode of his AI podcast.

Russ Tedrake is a roboticist and professor at MIT and vice president of robotics research at TRI. He works on control of robots in interesting, complicated, underactuated, stochastic, difficult to model situations. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Outline:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 4:29 – Passive dynamic walking
  • 9:40 – Animal movement
  • 13:34 – Control vs Dynamics
  • 15:49 – Bipedal walking
  • 20:56 – Running barefoot
  • 33:01 – Think rigorously with machine learning
  • 44:05 – DARPA Robotics Challenge
  • 1:07:14 – When will a robot become UFC champion
  • 1:18:32 – Black Mirror Robot Dog
  • 1:34:01 – Robot control
  • 1:47:00 – Simulating robots
  • 2:00:33 – Home robotics
  • 2:03:40 – Soft robotics
  • 2:07:25 – Underactuated robotics
  • 2:20:42 – Touch
  • 2:28:55 – Book recommendations
  • 2:40:08 – Advice to young people
  • 2:44:20 – Meaning of life

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