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The DARPA Robotics Challenge Was A Bust

Aero DRC robot

The Aero DRC robot fell during the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

It's been close to a month since the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) wrapped up. That's time enough to face facts. The biggest and most well-funded international robotics competition in years was a failure.

Of the 24 robots that showed up to compete in the DRC Finals in Pomona, Calif., only a few made it through the challenge course on their feet. The robot that racked up the most points, in the least amount of time, took nearly 45 minutes to complete a series of eight tasks that my kindergarten-age daughter could probably accomplish in 10 minutes.

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