Robot brain learns by web surfing

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A new robotic brain has been developed by U.S. researchers, and it can learn new skills by browsing online.

The Robo Brain is designed to learn new skills and knowledge from publicly available sources like YouTube, and the information cab then be accessed by robots around the world, helping them to perform everyday tasks.

Robo Brain can build up its own understanding from the online information, rather than being programmed by humans, and began digesting information last month.

So far it can not only recognize objects, such as mugs, but understand what they're used for, and can also recognize when someone is watching TV and knows not to get in the way.

"If a robot encounters a situation it hasn't seen before, it can query Robo Brain in the cloud," researcher Ashutosh Saxena, of Cornell University, said.

Experts believe that robots may be available in homes within 10 years, and humanoid robots to assist disabled or elderly people are already being developed.


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