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Robots pick up human ability to think ahead

Jan 08, 2018, 11:43 AM EST
(Source: R. Crap Mariner/flickr)
(Source: R. Crap Mariner/flickr)

Humans think of consequences when they act, an attribute the robots thus far lacked. Now, a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has programmed robots with “visual foresight,” which lets the machines think ahead as they carry out a task.

The technology trialed over a robot, named Vestri, impressed with how it empowers a machine to perceive several seconds into the future and perform small tasks without prior knowledge of physics or human input, writes Futurism.

The approach imitates humans’ ability to learn how one action will move the objects in an environment, something that could be handy for next generation self-driving cars as they learn to handle new situations and unfamiliar objects.

TAGS: Robotics
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