Robots can learn by playing, just like babies

University of Washington rightOriginal Study Posted by Jennifer Langston-Washington on December 3, 2015 You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Babies learn about the world by exploring how their bodies move in space, grabbing toys, pushing things off tables, and by watching and imitating what adults are doing. But when roboticists want to teach a robot how to do a task, they typically either write code or physically move a robot’s arm or body to show it how to perform an action. “Why not design robots that learn as effortlessly as a child?” Now scientists have demonstrated that robots can “learn” much like children—by amassing data through exploration, watching a human do something, and determining how to perform that task on its own. “You…

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