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Sanctuary AI's Phoenix: The Future of Humanoid Robotics

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Meet Phoenix, the seventh-generation humanoid robot from Sanctuary AI.


This Canadian robotics firm may not be as well-known as its counterparts like Boston Dynamics or Agility, but it's making significant strides in the field of humanoid robotics.


Phoenix is a marvel in its own right. The focus of this robot is not on its ability to walk or run, but on the dexterity and intelligence it displays from the waist up. Sanctuary AI has released videos showcasing Phoenix's human-like movements while sorting products, emphasising the speed at which it can learn such tasks.


The world of humanoid robotics has been largely focused on mechatronics, the blend of mechanics and electronics that make these robots move and navigate. However, Sanctuary AI is shifting the spotlight to robotic intelligence, which is set to play a crucial role in the future of these systems.


 

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While "general intelligence" in robots is still a concept in its infancy, with experts estimating we're about five to ten years away from robots learning new tasks like their human counterparts, Phoenix is already showing promise. Sanctuary AI claims that Phoenix can automate new tasks in less than 24 hours.


"Generation seven is the most closely analogous to a person of any available system," says Geordie Rose, co-founder and CEO of Sanctuary AI. "We see this as a critical step on the path to artificial general intelligence, and we're thrilled to be leading the charge on it."


The tasks demonstrated in the videos are relatively simple, such as separating objects of different colours. But the fact that Phoenix can accomplish these tasks in a structured and controlled environment is a significant achievement in itself.


Sanctuary AI's Phoenix is not just a concept; it's a reality. The company has already deployed earlier systems and recently announced a deal to bring its robots to Magna auto manufacturing facilities.


The seventh-generation robot, introduced just a year after its predecessor, brings further refinements to the line, including increased uptime, an improved range of motion, lighter weight, and a lower-cost bill of materials.


Phoenix is indeed rising, setting the stage for the future of humanoid robotics. Watch this space as we follow its journey and the exciting developments in the world of AI and robotics.



 

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