Knife-Wielding Robot Learns How to Handle Groceries with New Technique (Video)

November 5, 2013 8:13 AM

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Give a robot a knife, and it won't know what to do with the tool. Yet researchers from Cornell University are teaching one robot exactly how to work with a blade. They've worked with a Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics in Boston and have engineered it to "coactively learn" from humans and make adjusts while an action is in progress.

Modern robots, like those on automobile assembly lines, have no brains--just memory. An operator programs the robot to move through the desired action and the robot repeats the exact same action every time an object goes by. This works well when a robot doesn't need to adapt and is on an assembly li...

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