Elon Musk has tweeted “It is time to create a mecha” and netizens are going crazy over the possibility of seeing a giant robot from anime in real life. In an anime, manga, or movie (read Pacific Rim), mecha are giant weapon welding robots that are not really necessary in real life but Musk is known for making such declarations out-of-the-blue and actually following up on them. The Boring Company came into existence after a similar tweet, along with the company’s Not-A-Flamethrower and. The latter was also sold out in around four days after it went up for sale. Just before tweeting out his plans for building a giant mecha, Musk tweeted “Love Your Name,” referring to a successful anime movie from 2016.
Whatever may be the case, it would be interesting to see how Musk follows up on his statement, if he does. Maybe the mecha that Musk is talking about is a small scale model of the real thing, which seems to be the most plausible way to speculate about it. However, coming to some real-world accomplishments, engineers at OpenAI, a nonprofit startup founded by Elon Musk, recently trained a robotic system called Dactyl to rotate and orientate a cube. The company says that they achieved this by using about a “hundred years’ worth of simulated experience.”
“Dactyl learns to solve the object reorientation task entirely in simulation without any human input. After this training phase, the learned policy works on the real robot without any fine-tuning,” noted OpenAI’s engineers, adding that “dextrous manipulation using traditional robotics approaches” has been slow previously and that “current techniques remain limited in their ability to manipulate objects in the real world. Even though there are limitations, OpenAI apparently overcame this challenge with its Dactyl.