Sept. 4 2015 9:14 AM

Wait, which hole does the square peg go in again? Photo courtesy of University of California-Berkeley For the most part, robotics technologies are still in their infancy. Even the most sophisticated automata are literal toddlers, stumbling and tumbling as they make their way through a world they can’t yet understand. Maybe that’s why some artificial-intelligence researchers have begun to treat their creations like infants, teaching them as one might a baby, letting them learn through the very stumbles and tumbles that once held them back. That’s the story Jack Clark tells in a thoroughly reported story for Bloomberg Businessweek. Clark focuses primarily on the University of California–Berkeley lab of Pieter Abbeel, where researchers have set up what amounts to a nursery for a robot known as Brett. Resembling “a cross…


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