Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their own

Feb 10, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- We tend to assume that robots need human input in order to understand the world around them. In the near future humans may not even be a part of the robotic-learning equation. Soon, robots will be able to search the web all on their own. Not from the web as we know it, but from a different web made exclusively for the robots.

That web will be called the RoboEarth.

RoboEarth will be a Wiki-style site designed specifically for robots. The site will work something like this. When a completes a task it will be able to upload data related to the task. This data will be available for other robots who require information on the task. A simple download will allow for robots to learn from each other, taking the humans out of the equation.

Data sharing will be all that the RoboEarth does. Much like the web of the early days, it will be purely a data sharing tool. Do not expect to see robot-based auction sites or dating sites in the near future. Then again the robots may not miss those features.

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AMIGO robot downloads its instructions from the internet.

The RoboEarth project is the brainchild of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The RoboEarth system will rely on having a certain amount of standardization between the robots who share the data. Otherwise, they will not be able to share the data universally. Without that standardization, the sharing of data will be very limited.

Since this project is estimated to be completed in about four years there will be some time for robots to get with the program.

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plasticpower
5 / 5 (3) Feb 10, 2011
I bet it is codenamed "SkyNet"
dev2000
not rated yet Feb 10, 2011
Taking the humans out of the equation, indeed.

Haha robots not missing dating, very funny Katie.
Deadbolt
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 10, 2011
This is awesome. I applaud this concept.
knikiy
4 / 5 (1) Feb 10, 2011
I'm not so sure I would like a surgical robot to be sharing same file cabinet as an industrial robot.
Beard
3.5 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2011
Excellent. Projects like this will help the advancement of software keep up with that of hardware.
KAB
1 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2011
I expected to scroll down to these comments and see several panic reactions to robots ruling the world one day, but only one, which made me laugh out loud. (FYI: SkyNet is from the Terminator series. Humans made SkyNet. SkyNet usurped humans.)
elginz
1 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2011
WHat is the ultimate purpose for this?
Starbound
5 / 5 (4) Feb 11, 2011
To usurp humans.
Quantum_Conundrum
5 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2011
WHat is the ultimate purpose for this?


It's a hub for a robotic collective. Once any robot has a skill or program, any other robot on the network could download that information if it needs it to complete a task.

Not a big deal right now, because most robots aren't smart enough to realize how to use something like this. In the future, as we have robots with more and more sophisticated A.I., they may benefit from the ability to update their own programming in this fashion.
trucksmart
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 11, 2011
What scares me is the possibility of computers inventing their own language and communications systems that keep humans out of the loop.
1_0_1_0_1
5 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2011
No doubt our robot children will be superior in every way and not need us. But that's evolution, just a non-biological variety. Might as well focus on programing elements of humanity into them so that part of us may live on.
HealingMindN
4 / 5 (1) Feb 11, 2011
I'm still waiting to get plugged into the matrix, so I can download stuff super quickly too. Where do I go to get those firewire ports installed all over my body? Then I can learn kung fu in 5 seconds like Neo. HIYAHH!

But What if RoboEarth and HumanEarth decide to interface?
trucksmart
4 / 5 (1) Feb 12, 2011
Becoming Cyborgs might be the only safety mechanism available to keep an upsurp/skyNet event from happening.
Beard
4.3 / 5 (3) Feb 12, 2011
Becoming Cyborgs might be the only safety mechanism available to keep an upsurp/skyNet event from happening.


Exactly. We would be improving our own abilities with technology, alongside AI.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Feb 13, 2011
Yes we will become the geth...

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