January 17, 2014 06:26pm ETYour Robot Helper is On The Way Now It Can Learn From Its Friends
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January is a time when many of us seek to better ourselves. We want to learn a new skill or improve an existing one. A network designed especially for robots, RoboEarth, is being tested in the Netherlands to help them with their attempts at self-improvement. Soon our mechanical friends will be able to swap tips on how to best care for us and learn about their worlds.
As demonstrated by Google’s recent purchase of robotics companies and Amazon’s automated warehouses, intelligent, autonomous service robots are starting to look commercially viable.
Service robots are machines which can perform tasks with or for humans in normal environments (rather than in controlled factory settings). Intelligent, autonomous service robots have some freedom about how t