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Social network for robots? A group of robotics engineers at the University of Technology in Eindhoven are developing an Internet for robots; a kind of online database from which robots can download instructions and to which they can upload ‘experience’. According to its creators, their RoboEarth system will allow robots to share information and learn from each other, allowing the benefits of machine cognition and learning to proliferate through a network of bots. Cue the SkyNet compa ...
In a first-of-its-kind experiment, University of Vermont roboticist Josh Bongard created both simulated and actual robots that, like tadpoles becoming frogs, change their body forms while learning how to walk. And, over generations, his simulated robots also evolved, spending less time in ‘infant’ tadpole-like forms and more time in ‘adult’ four-legged forms. These evolving populations of robots were able to learn to walk more rapidly than ones with fixed body forms. And, ...
  With the economy being as bad as it is, it may become even harder to find a job come January 28th when the HRP-4 becomes available to consumers. The humanoid robot, developed by Tokyo-based Kawada Industries and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology, is programmed to deliver mail, pour coffee, and recognize its co-workers' faces. Bill Gates predicted that the future would bring a "robot in every home." In the foreseeable future, though, it may be a robo ...

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