New Scientist Examines MIT Approach to DARPA Challenge

New Scientist takes a closer look at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, in particular MIT’s approach to developing software that will allow them to successfully operate the Atlas humanoid robot, built by Boston Dynamics, through a series of obstacles designed to mimic a typical disaster-relief operation.
 
“In MIT's approach, a team of people monitors Atlas's decisions and planned movements, approving those deemed correct and adjusting any that are unsuitable. For instance, Atlas will ask its handlers to identify objects it finds, something that is easy for a human but hard for machine-vision systems. If its leg gets stuck during a manoeuvre, the human observer in charge of locomotion can instruct Atlas to move the leg a little to clear an obstacle,” wrote Hal Hodson for New Scientist.