Darwin, the robot in this video, might be the cutest herald of human destruction we’ve ever seen. Especially with his custom DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) pad and big glowing eyes. Awwwww, he even has to hold the bar!
The idea is ultimately to combine the robot’s understanding of the task (stepping in time to bad techno) with the ability to see the arrows on a screen, and to stamp out a high score. Also to get his owner Internet fame, in which case, it’s already succeeding.
We just have one question: If the idea is to teach it to have split second reflexes in the face of a frustrating task, wouldn’t it make more sense to teach it how to play “Battletoads?”
Regardless, we’ll keep you updated on Darwin’s progress.