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What Happens When A Robot Controls A Drone

'I really had no idea what was going to happen,' says bemused owner
What Happens When A Robot Controls A Drone

One bemused owner found out when he allowed his pet robot to take control of a no-doubt-expensive drone, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Mirror.

See what happens:

Scott Blais, 51, a retired state trooper and freelance software developer, filmed his Aldebaran Robotics Nao V5 asking if it can play with the drone.

He agrees to let the robotic tyke have its fun, but all does not go to plan. It proceeds to fly the drone far away out of sight.

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The drone is eventually brought back but only after crashing into trees, causing minor damage.

“What you see in the video was all real,” he said.

“Nao the robot was really flying the drone. What I love especially about this video is that I really had no idea what was going to happen.

“I gave the robot what I thought were safe moves to keep the drone in my field of vision until things went totally wrong, twice!

“But in the end, we truly had a happy ending, minus some minor damage.”

Blais admits it wasn’t a seamless flight but hopes it can provide a glimpse into what the future may hold.

“Did I learn a lesson from this?” he said.

“Yes! Letting a robot control another robot probably isn’t the greatest idea in the world because after all we are supposed to be the ones in command of robots.

“But it’s possible that this little video gives us a glimpse of where robots might be going in the not too distant future.

“Some people ask is ‘everything pre-programmed, are his words scripted?’

“The answer is yes and no. His conversations and words come from a brilliant piece of software developed by Aldebaran called Dialog.

“He can talk about things he sees, choose his own phrase randomly etc. However, all this raw data is still all put in his software by me so he won’t say something totally unexpected, but there is a brain working in there.”