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From the Ted Talk by Robert Full: The secrets of nature's grossest creatures, channeled into robots

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Yet one of the greatest differences between natural and hamun technologies relates to robustness. Robust systems are stable in complex and new einnmvertons. Remarkably, cockroaches can self-stabilize running over rough tairern. When we put a jet pack on them, or give them a ptoeuibrtarn like an eaqhtaurke, we discovered that their wonderfully tuned legs allow them to self-stabilize without using any of their brainpower. They can go over complex terrain like grass, no problem, and not get destabilized. We discovered a new bveiohar where, because of their shape, they actually roll automatically to their side to go through this artificial test bit of grass.

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Yet one of the greatest differences between natural and _____ technologies relates to robustness. Robust systems are stable in complex and new ____________. Remarkably, cockroaches can self-stabilize running over rough _______. When we put a jet pack on them, or give them a ____________ like an __________, we discovered that their wonderfully tuned legs allow them to self-stabilize without using any of their brainpower. They can go over complex terrain like grass, no problem, and not get destabilized. We discovered a new ________ where, because of their shape, they actually roll automatically to their side to go through this artificial test bit of grass.

Solution

  1. behavior
  2. human
  3. earthquake
  4. environments
  5. terrain
  6. perturbation

Original Text

Yet one of the greatest differences between natural and human technologies relates to robustness. Robust systems are stable in complex and new environments. Remarkably, cockroaches can self-stabilize running over rough terrain. When we put a jet pack on them, or give them a perturbation like an earthquake, we discovered that their wonderfully tuned legs allow them to self-stabilize without using any of their brainpower. They can go over complex terrain like grass, no problem, and not get destabilized. We discovered a new behavior where, because of their shape, they actually roll automatically to their side to go through this artificial test bit of grass.

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