Robots May Get Their Own Internet

Photo: Lorenzo Natale (CC)

Photo: Lorenzo Natale (CC)

Is this the beginning of machines relying on machines? BBC News reports:

Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia.

European scientists have embarked on a project to let robots share and store what they discover about the world.

Called RoboEarth it will be a place that robots can upload data to when they master a task, and ask for help in carrying out new ones.

Researchers behind it hope it will allow robots to come into service more quickly, armed with a growing library of knowledge about their human masters.

The idea behind RoboEarth is to develop methods that help robots encode, exchange and re-use knowledge, said RoboEarth researcher Dr Markus Waibel from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

“Most current robots see the world their own way and there’s very little standardisation going on,” he said. Most researchers using robots typically develop their own way for that machine to build up a corpus of data about the world.

[Continues at BBC News]

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15 Responses to Robots May Get Their Own Internet

  1. ralph February 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    It’s Skynet!!! RoboEarth is Skynet! We humans are all doomed. I now will work on coming to terms with our eventual Terminator Overlords.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_i1DNv161U

  2. ralph February 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    It’s Skynet!!! RoboEarth is Skynet! We humans are all doomed. I now will work on coming to terms with our eventual Terminator Overlords.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_i1DNv161U

  3. Gort February 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Excellent.

  4. Gort February 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Excellent.

  5. Jordan February 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Is that a Casper mask? Creepy.

  6. Jordan February 10, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    Is that a Casper mask? Creepy.

  7. Blamma February 10, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

  8. Blamma February 10, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

  9. Ironaddict06 February 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    This IDEA truly is a turning point in Robotics. If Robots are attached to the internet, they can learn on their own, and not have to depend on humans for information.
    Awesome

  10. Ironaddict06 February 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    This IDEA truly is a turning point in Robotics. If Robots are attached to the internet, they can learn on their own, and not have to depend on humans for information.
    Awesome

    • justagirl February 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      yes! and by subjecting them to wikipedia and other flawed information, we are uploading them with human error. ha HA! silly robots.

  11. justagirl February 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    yes! and by subjecting them to wikipedia and other flawed information, we are uploading them with human error. ha HA! silly robots.

  12. Anonymous February 11, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    This is very exciting new. Time to prepare my fall out shelter.

  13. Anonymous February 11, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    This is very Exciting news great for robotics. Time to prepare my Skynet proof shelter.

  14. BossStart February 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    This is very Exciting news great for robotics. Time to prepare my Skynet proof shelter.

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