Robots Growing Up: The Future of Robotic Movement


Honda’s ASIMO can walk, run, and climb stairs, but why can’t he do T’ai Chi? Our traditional models for robotic motion are all wrong; nature figured out a far more efficient way hundreds of millions of years ago. In a few years, the phrase “moving like a robot” will have a completely different meaning.

Why is nature’s way better? How is it more efficient?

What can we take from this idea to have our own machinery work with greater efficiency and fewer creaks and pops?

(You can watch ASIMO at ).

Phil Earnhardt


Phil studies the writings of Buckminster Fuller and the floating compression models of Kenneth Snelson. He blogs about the physics of our musculoskeletal system, structural health, and the profound value of body/mind work.