This humanoid robot will work in warehouses


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From Terminator to Westworld, humanoid robot stories have remained a lingering theme in science fiction. These films raise important questions about ethics, work and humanity’s ability to control the technologies we create.

Now, humanoid robots are closer than ever to being part of the social fabric. Agility Robotics CTO Jonathan Hurst told CNET that his company’s humanoid robot Digit will be deployed “over the next two years,” with plans for Digit to join the workforce.

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Meet Digit, the humanoid robot from Agility Robotics


He said the rollout of Digit will begin in warehouses, where the robot will learn to work alongside people in a structured environment. Next, Digit will learn to unload to unload trailers. Eventually, the company hopes to see Digit delivering packages to people’s doorstep.


Digit makes a delivery.

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To help it navigate different work environments, Digit is equipped with depth sensors and lidar, which allows it to navigate different environments and plan its steps to avoid obstacles.

Of course, Digit isn’t the only humanoid robot making headlines. Boston Dynamics has long captured our imaginations with Atlas, its backflipping, somersaulting, acrobatic robot. Tesla has also thrown its hat into the ring, saying it’s working on a humanoid robot named Tesla Bot.

When asked how Digit stacks up to the competition, Hurst explains that Digit aims to work with people, whereas Atlas is primarily a research robot. Digit is more efficient, as most of its power draw comes from computing rather than locomotion. Hurst also said that, while Tesla Bot hasn’t been built yet, it seems to share similar goals to Digit in terms of integrating humanoid robots into society.


Digit learning to work with people.

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A spokesperson from Boston Dynamics confirmed that “Atlas is a research platform [used] to develop new hardware and software technologies for high performance mobile robots “and that“ the power absorbed by the actuation system is greater than that of on-board computers for parkour behaviors. ”Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

While many sci-fi films have struggled with the various concerns about transforming plastic and metal into human form and animating them with electricity, Hurst’s vision for a world populated by robots is much more benign. He shared his vision for a future where delivery robots bring food to your door, help around the house, and even act as telepresence robots to visit distant friends and relatives.

To see Digit in action, watch the video embedded in this article.

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