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The plan to Build a Massive Online Brain for All the World's Robots

If you walk into the computer science building at Stanford University, Mobi is standing in the lobby, encased in glass. He looks a bit like a garbage can, with a rod for a neck and a camera for eyes. He was one of several robots developed at Stanford in the 1980s to study how machines might learn to navigate their environment —a stepping stone toward intelligent robots that could live and work alongside humans. He worked, but not especially well. The best he could do was follow a path along a wall. Like so many other robots, his “brain” was on the small side... read more

Published by: Wired

The “Robo Brain” Will Use The Internet To Teach Robots

If you’re wondering when Skynet went live, look no further. Last July, Cornell researchers turned on Robo Brain, a system that scours the Internet and teaches robots how to think. While we’re a few years late (this was supposed to happen on August 4, 1997), the Robo Brain is actually working. By taking images and concepts available on the public web, Robo Brain can teach robots like Baxter how to grasp and manipulate objects and how to recognize household items. In one “lesson,” Robo Brain has isolated a human holding a book, thereby allowing future Terminators to tell if someone is just reading some Huxley or brandishing a gun.... read more

Published by: TechCrunch

Cornell Scientists Create ‘Robo Brain’ to Teach Robots to Learn from Humans

Two researchers have created “Robo Brain” — a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources — to teach robots how humans naturally behave.The exclusive data bank for robots will help the machines learn how to find keys, pour a drink, put away dishes, and when not to interrupt two people having a conversation.... read more

Published by: Yahoo Tech

Robo Brain uses the web to teach robots human knowledge

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.... read more

Published by: Gizmag

'Robo Brain' mines the Internet to teach robots

To serve as helpers in our homes, offices and factories, robots will need to understand how the world works and how the humans around them behave. Robotics researchers have been teaching them these things one at a time: How to find your keys, pour a drink, put away dishes, and when not to interrupt two people having a conversation.This will all come in one package with Robo Brain, a giant repository of knowledge collected from the Internet and stored in a robot-friendly format that robots will be able to draw on when they need it.... read more

Published by: Cornell Chronicle

Robot can be programmed by casually talking to it (w/ Video)

Robots are getting smarter, but they still need step-by-step instructions for tasks they haven't performed before. Before you can tell your household robot "Make me a bowl of ramen noodles," you'll have to teach it how to do that. Since we're not all computer programmers, we'd prefer to give those instructions in English, just as we'd lay out a task for a child.... read more

Published by: PHYS.ORG

Using Casual Voice Commands To Program Robots

Robots of today can do a variety of tasks, but still have to be programmed to do them. The technology that goes into producing these robots has progressed to the point of understanding voice commands. However, if the instructor leaves out any key instructions, the robot could not complete the task effectively.... read more

Published by: redOrbit

Netflix open sources cloud-testing Chaos Monkey

Netflix has a gift for anybody who needs to ensure their cloud-hosted applications keep running even if some of the virtual servers on which they’re running die. It’s called a Chaos Monkey — but don’t worry, this monkey is very tameable and is now open source.... read more

Published by: Gigaom

Netflix Open Sources Chaos Monkey – A Tool Designed To Cause Failure So You Can Make A Stronger Cloud

Netflix has open sourced “Chaos Monkey,” its tool designed to purposely cause failure in order to increase the resiliency of an application in Amazon Web Services (AWS.)It’s a timely move as AWS has had its fair share of outages. With tools like Chaos Monkey, companies can be better prepared when a cloud infrastructure has a failure.... read more

Published by: Techcrunch

Netflix Announces Priam, Improves Cassandra Functionality

As some recent polls have indicated, the expected adoption and implementation of NoSQL databases are set to increase exponentially in the coming year. The Netflix tech blog recently announced the release of Priam, which runs along with Cassandra to provide various kinds of functionality (more on that in a minute). It seems that Netflix has been doing a lot to develop Astyanax, Netflix's Java Cassandra client, which they open sourced last month, and this new release of Priam, which adds the following processes to work along with Cassandra, detailed on the Netflix Tech Blog.... read more

Published by: CloudDzone

Robo Brain’ to teach robots how to mimic humans

Researchers, including Indian—origin scientists, have designed a ‘Robo Brain’ that gathers information from the Internet to teach robots how the world works and how the humans around them behave.Robo Brain — a large—scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources — is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how—to documents and appliance manuals.... read more

Published by: The Hindu Business Line

Robotic brain 'learns' skills from the internet

In factories and warehouses, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision. Artificial intelligence software can drive cars, beat grandmasters at chess and leave “Jeopardy!” champions in the dust.But machines still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch.... read more

Published by: The New York Times

Robo Brain’ to teach robots how to mimic humans

A super-intelligent robotic "brain" that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers.Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.The information it learns can then be accessed by robots around the world, helping them to perform everyday tasks.... read more

Published by: BBC

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