“Robots are learning how to navigate rooms better than ever before, thanks to thousands of videos of people doing the viral “Mannequin Challenge” meme, in which they hold a pose as still as possible while a camera moves around the room.

Google AI developers taught a neural net to predict the depth of objects in videos after feeding it thousands of Mannequin Challenge videos, reports MIT Technology Review. It’s a bizarre example of how something that began as a whimsical, viral challenge is now furthering advanced scientific research…”

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