Liz Gannes

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When Autonomous Flying Robots Fail (Video)

A presentation of progressively fantastical feats performed by a cadre of flying robots — jumping through hoops, collaborating with each other and playing the James Bond theme — was a huge hit at the TED conference this week. Now, see what it looked like when the “quadrotors” crashed.

Yup, it’s a flying robot blooper reel:

Here’s the full talk from TED this week by University of Pennsylvania’s Vijay Kumar:

(Hat tip Farhad Manjoo.)

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