Robot toddler learns to stand — simply by imagining it

Toddlers often teeter rather precariously, and adorably, on the boundary between falling over and staying upright. Darwin is no different — except that it’s a robot. Darwin is a humanoid android, built to understand and demonstrate the numerous ways in which machines can learn to navigate challenging and unfamiliar environments. It learns to perform tasks in the same way that children do — by imagining them first.  The group responsible for Darwin, at the University of California at Berkeley, hope that Darwin will allow robots to learn more naturally, and avoid extensive periods of testing to which robots are currently subjected.  When it’s put into an unfamiliar position, MIT Technology Review reports — such as in a new pose, on the floor — Darwin’s neural networks work on their own to…


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