How to train your robot

A major challenge when it comes to industrial robots is the time-consuming task of programming the robots so that they perform their tasks precisely and efficiently. What if the robot could program itself? Well, Japanese robot maker Fanuc and Tokyo-based machine learning firm Preferred Networks have developed technology known as deep reinforcement learning that enables robots to teach themselves how to perform tasks, according to a report by MIT Technology Review. The robot uses video footage of its attempts to perform tasks in order to learn how to do the tasks correctly, the report noted. “After eight hours or so it gets to 90 percent accuracy or above, which is almost the same as if an expert were to program it,” Shohei Hido, chief research officer at Preferred Networks, is…


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