Narrowing the Gap - Robots Inspired by Nature | Rafael Hostettler | TEDxVienna
In the last few centuries humanity has become extremely apt in building machines and in the last few decades, artificial intelligence has brought us very powerful algorithms to solve cognitive tasks. We’re outsmarted in games such as Chess, which many would regard as the pinnacle of reasoning, requiring years of training to obtain mastership. But at the same time, we have not been able to build a machine that can reliably lift a glass standing on a table in a room. A task that can be solved by any human, but has eluded our engineering aptitude. Being fascinated by the complexity and beauty of everything, Rafael Hostettler always had a hard time to choose. That’s why he has a MSc. in Computational Science from ETH Zurich, where he learnt to simulate just about everything on computers. Now he’s building robots that imitate the building principles of the human musculoskeletal system and travels the world with the 3D printed robot Roboy.