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February 10, 2011

Robots to have their own internet

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by Tom Coyne

Robots will soon have their own version of the internet and wikipedia in order to help them learn and master tasks.

European scientists have begun the project, called RoboEarth. The project will let robots share and store what ever they discover.

RoboEarth is designed to help robots come into service a lot more quickly, giving them a large knowledge library to help aid their human masters in the tasks asked of them.

According to the developers, RoboEarth will develop methods to encode, re-use, and exchange knowledge. Most researchers in robotics develop their own way for a machine to build up data in the world.

RoboEarth researcher, Doctor Markus Waibel, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, said that this made it difficult for robotics to share knowledge.

He also claimed that it was difficult for the field to advance rapidly because everyone would have begun solving the same problems.

RoboEarth is funded by the EU and has around 35 researchers working on it. They hope to demonstrate how the system will work after the end of a four year duration.

If robotics is to become successfully useful to humans, like many people have been hoping, then projects such as RoboEarth have said to be essential.


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  1. Most importantly, how much of our money is going into it!

    Comment by shadow — February 10, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

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