28 Feb '13, 6am

Teaching Robots to Be Better at Not Failing via @IEEESpectrum

If there's one thing that robots are consistently fantastic at, it's failure. Robots are absolutely wonderful at completely screwing up even the most basic of tasks. But the problem isn't the robot, it's the fact that things that humans think of as "basic" tasks are really not basic at all. Part of the reason that we can avoid failure when doing basic things is that we're able to imagine and predict the consequences of our actions, and by giving robots a similar capability, researchers at MIT hope to make them less, you know, fail-y. Students from the the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are teaching a PR2 to use a little bit of what we humans might call "common sense" when trying to pick up and put down objects, including the use of its other arm to help it deal with especially tricky tasks: To get thi...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-in...

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