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RoboEarth - A World Wide Web for Robots

Posted 5 Feb 2011 at 14:06 UTC (updated 5 Feb 2011 at 14:09 UTC) by mwaibel Share This

I am currently one of about 30 people working towards building an Internet for robots: a world-wide, open-source platform that allows any robot with a network connection to generate, share and reuse data. RoboEarth's goal is a proof of concept to show two things: That RoboEarth greatly speeds up robot learning and adaptation in complex tasks, and that robots using RoboEarth can execute tasks that were not explicitly planned for at design time. The vision behind the four year, Europe-funded project is much larger: Allow robots to encode, exchange, and reuse knowledge to help each other accomplish complex tasks. This goes well beyond merely allowing robots to communicate via the Internet, outsourcing computation to the cloud, or linked data: Unlike humans, robots excel at systematic data collection, so a system that allows robots to autonomously create meaningful knowledge and share it could provide a powerful feed forward to any robot’s 3D sensing, acting and learning capabilities. For more information, have a look at the RoboEarth website.

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