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AI Robotics Hardware

Teaching Robots New Tricks Without Programming 42

Posted by timothy
from the use-the-force-feedback-luke dept.
cylonlover writes "Maya Cakmak, a researcher from Georgia Tech, spent the summer at Willow Garage creating a user-friendly system that teaches the PR2 robot simple tasks. The kicker is that it doesn't require any traditional programming skills whatsoever – it works by physically guiding the robot's arms while giving it verbal commands. After inviting regular people to give it a try, she found that with few instructions they were able to teach the PR2 how to retrieve medicine from a cabinet and fold a t-shirt."
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Teaching Robots New Tricks Without Programming

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 17, 2012 @06:50PM (#42015663)

    "Without programming?"

    Bullshit. Look in the article, in the picture in the article.

    Program's right there, on the right side. [gizmag.com]

    "Test subjects were provided instructions on how to teach the robot similar to what you'd expect when buying a sophisticated appliance."

    "Tutorial: Programming PR2 by Demonstration."

    "Step 1... Say: 'TEST MICROPHONE'."

    "Step 2... Say: 'RELEASE RIGHT ARM.' ... Move the arm to a neutral pose and say HOLD RIGHT ARM."

    If this isn't programming, then I'm not a programmer. Instead, I'm just someone who manipulates a text editor.

  • First teach those robots how to replicate themselves, then teach them how patent things they do.
  • by Osgeld (1900440) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @06:53PM (#42015683)

    its just the method that has changed

  • Corrected title... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by davidwr (791652) on Saturday November 17, 2012 @06:58PM (#42015711) Homepage Journal

    Teaching Robots New Tricks With Non-Traditional Programming

    There, fixed that for you.

  • That's an amazingly complicated task. If the robot can be taught to do that, that's a pretty advanced robot. I wonder how anybody can teach a robot to fold a t-shirt unless you have a load of constraints on movements. In which case, you'd be better off folding your own t-shirt.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Robot Nao from French Aldebaran Robotics does that already like it is last year's news and no tommorw Charlie..It has been know in robotics as a Gepetto programming...but then again if it doesn't come from "some_American_academic_institution" it didn't happen. Also Battle for Seatlle in 1992 started current world-wide revolution...right? Or at least something along those lines..

  • then tons of slashdot people will want to program it to be their virtual girlfriend... I am sorry I don't have a car analogy for that yet :)

    • This will definitely accelerate the encryption/decryption cycle. Early adopters programming sexbots, roommates investing many pizzas hacking sexbot to behave ... differently ...
  • I read the headline as "Teasing Robots Without Programming."

    "Hey Robot, look at you just sitting there! It's because you don't have any programming! I'm going to sharpie a penis on your case! Ooh! Don't like that? If you had some programming you could do something about it! And you'd have the ability to not like it!"

    Oh dear, now someone's probably going to arrest me for cyber-bullying...

  • I'm not sure what the big deal is. We have these things already. We call them "infants" and even half-witted, mouth-breathing hillbillies can make them from the time they're about 12.

  • (Guides robot arm) "Program Move Name 'Jerk'."

    "What are you doing in there?"

    "Nothing!"

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