Scientists Are Teaching Robots to Hunt Like Predators

T-1000 doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Rony Zakaria/Bloomberg via Getty Images Uh-oh. Scientists at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Neuroinformatics are teaching robots to find prey and hunt it down, just like animal predators do with their prey. But they don’t plan on tasking these robotic hunters, called the Summit XL, with attacking humans—or any other living creature. The researchers say the skills involved in hunting are key to developing autonomous systems that can handle a future filled with constantly-shifting information. A self-driving car or self-regulating home, for example, could each benefit from the ability to evaluate its surroundings, locate the appropriate target, and track it in real time. The centerpiece is an European Union-funded artificial vision system being developed by four universities as “Project Visualise.” Instead of a…


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