As the world of robotics continues to churn out products with human-like abilities, researchers at Oregon State University have achieved a landmark with their bipedal robot named Cassie: The first outdoor 5-kilometer run completed by a robot.
Cassie is part of a lineage of functional robotics from the Dynamics Robotics Laboratory, which is part of the OSU college of engineering. It is the successor to ATRIAS, the first robot to recreate a human gait, and has been followed by the humanoid robot Digit, which can transport packages and was part of a Ford project into autonomous delivery robots.
Jonathan Hurst, a professor of robotics at OSU helmed the development of Cassie and believes robotics will benefit humanity rather than spell its demise. Aside from logistics work like package delivery, Hurst envisions a world where robotics have the intelligence and safety capabilities to assist people in their own homes.