MIT creates C-LEARN, a system in which robots teach knowledge to other robots
Intelligent machines that revolt against humanity are a recurring theme of films and science fiction series. In many of these attractions, robots can learn certain things on their own and even teach their “companions.” For that is exactly what a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) managed: machines capable of passing knowledge to different types of robots.
Of course, the mechanism is far from causing the apocalypse seen in Terminator or Matrix. On the contrary, the idea is that through this new method, robots can learn a greater range of processes more quickly, instead of being programmed to respond only to specific actions. That could help, for example, reduce the time spent on certain tasks since robots will know what to do in a less automated way.
Named C-LEARN, the system was developed by researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. First, a robot is taught to perform a procedure previously programmed by a human. Once you understand what to do, the robot can then pass on what it has learned to other devices. And the student machines of that “teacher” need not be from the same family, which means that robots of different categories are capable of receiving the system.
“This approach is very similar to the way humans learn regarding seeing how things are done and connecting them to what we already know about the world. We can not learn magically with a single demonstration, so we take new information, and we combine with the knowledge we already have about our environment, “said researcher Claudia Pérez-D’Arpino.
In addition to facilitating the distribution of knowledge among robots, scientists believe that C-LEARN could reduce factory costs, which would need to program a single robot to teach others. It would also eliminate the need for a human programmer to adapt each machine to a single task.
The C-LEARN will be officially presented at the Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), scheduled for May 29 to June 3 in Singapore.
Sources: MIT NEWS