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The Ministry of Silly Walks

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Google DeepMind

This is both very cool and completely terrifying. Google’s artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, has developed an A.I. that has taught itself how to (virtually) walk, run, jump, and climb without any prior guidance or reference. The project is called “The Emergence of Locomotion Behaviors in Rich Environments,” and I read too much sci-fi to ignore the growing suspicion that it’s eventually going to lead to our demise.

The humanoid model’s method of running reminds me of Phoebe’s running style on “Friends,” and like Phoebe, machines aren’t self-conscious, so it doesn’t seem inclined to change its wacky style, either. On the bright side, this means that once the machines start running after us, at least we’ll have a good laugh while we’re trying to escape.

Sound designer Andreas Almström watched the video and decided something was missing, so here’s his take on it, complete with sound effects that make it seem like humanity might still have a fighting chance.

Or is that what they want us to think

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “The Ministry of Silly Walks

  1. Omg! I just can’t stop laughing! Wow! This is the best thing I have seen all month. The best. Thank you so much for finding and posting this.

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  2. Yup. We are totally doomed.

    ❤️

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  3. That video with the sound effects was so funny I choked on my waffles…may the gods bless sound engineers!

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  4. I have always believed the machines are planning or will someday plan our demise.

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