VSPARC: Teaching Robots how to move

VSPARC Screenshot of a robot with 8 modules

Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania are creating a library of configurations and gaits for modular robots. This library will be used to create autonomous, complex, high-level behaviors for modular robots. For this purpose the simulation tool VSPARC has been developed.

From the perspective of promoting peace such open source approach for developing basic robot capabilities seems much more favourable than to cloud it in secretiveness as companies like Honda or Boston Dynamics are doing it with their legged robots.