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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

By New Scientist

February 6, 2019

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Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.

The robot is equipped with a jointed robotic arm and a grasping hand similar to those used in many factories; the researchers deployed the robot with no previous training, and it behaved like an infant, moving randomly while attempting different tasks.

Within about a day of deep learning, the robot developed an internal picture of its structure and abilities. After 35 hours, the robot could grasp objects from specific locations and drop them into a receptacle with 100% accuracy.

Said Columbia's Hod Lipson, "If we want robots to become independent, to adapt quickly to scenarios unforeseen by their creators, then it's essential that they learn to simulate themselves."

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