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ONE Robot: Designed by the autistic community for autistic users | UX Magazine

ONE Robot: Designed by the autistic community for autistic users | UX Magazine | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
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MIT inventor unleashes hundreds of self-assembling cube swarmbots | KurzweilAI

MIT inventor unleashes hundreds of self-assembling cube swarmbots | KurzweilAI | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Self-assembling swarming microbots (credit: MIT) The experts said it couldn't be done. But research scientist John Romanishin of MIT's Computer Science and
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luiy's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:40 AM

Self-assembling swarmbots

Imagine hordes of swarming microbots that can self-assemble, like the “liquid steel” androids in the movie “Terminator II.”

 

Armies of these mobile cubes could temporarily repair bridges or buildings during emergencies. These cubes could assemble into different types of furniture or heavy equipment as needed. And they could swarm into environments hostile or inaccessible to humans, diagnose problems, and then reorganize themselves to provide solutions.

 

They could even be special-purpose cubes: containing cameras, or lights, or battery packs, or other equipment that the mobile cubes could transport.

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A Wikipedia for #robots allowing them to #share knowledge and experience worldwide | #algorithms

A Wikipedia for #robots allowing them to #share knowledge and experience worldwide | #algorithms | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it

European scientists from six institutes and two universities have developed an online platform where robots can learn new skills from each other worldwide — a kind of “Wikipedia for robots.” The objective is to help develop robots better at helping elders with caring and household tasks. “The problem right now is that robots are often developed specifically for one task”, says René van de Molengraft, TU/e researcher and RoboEarth project leader.

 

“RoboEarth simply lets robots learn new tasks and situations from each other. All their knowledge and experience are shared worldwide on a central, online database.” In addition, some computing and “thinking” tasks can be carried out by the system’s “cloud engine,” he said, “so the robot doesn’t need to have as much computing or battery power on‑board.”

 

For example, a robot can image a hospital room and upload the resulting map to RoboEarth. Another robot, which doesn’t know the room, can use that map on RoboEarth to locate a glass of water immediately, without having to search for it endlessly. In the same way a task like opening a box of pills can be shared on RoboEarth, so other robots can also do it without having to be programmed for that specific type of box.

 

RoboEarth is based on four years of research by a team of scientists from six European research institutes (TU/e, Philips, ETH Zürich, TU München and the universities of Zaragoza and Stuttgart).

 

 

Robots learn from each other on 'Wiki for robots'


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NASA asks coders to make robot astronaut more helpful

NASA asks coders to make robot astronaut more helpful | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
  By Miriam Kramer Space.com NASA is asking software coders on Earth to help a robotic astronaut helper on the International Space Station use its cold mechanical eyes to see better.
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The new competitions, managed for NASA by the group TopCoder  under the agency's NASA Tournament Lab, will give 470,000 software developers, digital creators and algorithmists the chance to help the robot butler "see" and interact with the station.

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