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One of the steps towards to making robots into the all powerful overlords envisioned in books and movies is to teach them all human knowledge. A project named Robo Brain can do this without any help from humans, trawling the web in search of information and then sharing it with robots.
The project is being carried out by academics at Cornell University’s Department of Computer Sciences. A team comprised of many of the same researchers who were responsible for producing the Tell Me Dave robot that’s able to understand and follow natural language instructions.
Robo Brain is also able to understand natural language, and uses this capability to make sense of the information it finds on the internet. It allows robots to understand how the world works using the data it finds, as opposed to simply storing the data without having any insight into it.