We’ve seen films depicting human-controlled robots with lightning reflexes, mimicking its human puppet master, but the reality of such constructs has been less than viable, until now

The Hermes robot is shown in a video released on Friday responding to the real-time physical input from a human controller. In the demonstration, the robot shows it can be imbued with faster reflexes for emergency response situations

“[W]e decided that connecting the robot to a human operator was the easiest way to incorporate the kind of intelligence we need,” said Albert Wang, a project team member at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, on MIT’s site. “It would take a computer a long time and a lot of programming to come to the quick conclusions that humans come to almost instantaneously through good instincts.” Read more…

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If you hit MIT’s Hermes robot, its human controller will feel the blow, and can hit back