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Robots Test Their Own World Wide Web 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-humans-allowed dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A new system called RoboEarth is currently being tested at Eindhoven University which will enable robots to complete tasks by sharing knowledge through a cloud based world-wide-web. The current study is based in a hospital setting where robots are sharing information to complete tasks like moving around by sharing a map of the room and serving drinks to 'patients'. The aim of the system is that robots and humans will be able to upload information to a cloud based database which can be accessed and used by robots. This will enable robots to share information and also to learn from each other. It will also allow robots to react to changes within their environment without having to be reprogrammed."
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Robots Test Their Own World Wide Web

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  • t+1 year: There will be a startup lets call it "NetBots" by Eindhoven Univ. t+2 year: There will be slashdot post - "NetBots bought by Google for x.y bln $" t+3 year: There will be one more slashdot post "Google looking to intgerate Boston Dynamics ideas with NetBots" . . . t+t' year: Terminator - The reality - Psst... It ain't a movie at your nearest screen...
    • It's only a matter of time until this becomes developed for the military. The future is clear to us. Skynet is coming. Judgement Day is inevitable.
      • Well I for one welcome our robot overlords.
      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        You fellows need to do one of two things: either learn how computers work and learn what sentience is, and/or see a mental health professional because you guys are showing signs of a disease someone I knew a few decades ago Had, schizophrenia (there are different forms of that disease). Chuck had me convinced that he was a fighter pilot in VietNam until I found out he was a lot younger than he looked, and was only 13 when the war ended. His form of schizophrenia was thinking what he saw on TV and the movies

        • by roc97007 (608802)

          > His form of schizophrenia was thinking what he saw on TV and the movies was his real life.

          ...which appears to be a really common affliction in this day and age.

  • by nixkuroi (569546) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @12:03AM (#45972791)

    Maybe if they can find a way to eradicate spam, they'll share the source.

    • There are only two ways to eradicate "spam" and both entail giving the robots guns and a licence to kill all members of all digital marketing departments. Spam is almost as nebulous a concept as "intelligence", or even "artificial" in AI (if we create a clone +1 manual gene change of a human, then will that be "artificial intelligence"?). What is spam for some is highly desired news/offers for others.
  • by Nyder (754090) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @12:30AM (#45972937) Journal

    Wow, you know the article is full of shit when you come across "cloud based world wide web".

    So let me guess. The robots have their own server where they can share info. So the cloud because a database on a server and the world wide web is actually just a database where they share info.

    Guess the buzzwords do sound better.

    I like how they say it can save computing power & battery life for the robots. Though I'm wondering, if a robot is just working 1 house, taking care of some old person, does it need to query the database (oops, i mean cloud) for the room dimensions, or is it smart enough to keep the info about the house it's currently in it's memory?

    Of course, lets say the robot records the layout of the house, uploads it to the cloud. What is to keep another robot or even human from using this information to rob anyone? Seems to me like you have a great collection of information on people, places, schedules, etc that can be put to really bad use from the government, crooks and corporations.

    • by c0lo (1497653)

      The robots have their own server where they can share info. So the cloud because a database on a server and the world wide web is actually just a database where they share info.

      yes, they do and it is so because everybody buys server time from everybody else. You just be careful with that cable [xkcd.com].

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by bassman2k (409481)

      Hey! Our regular, for-human-use world wide web is cloud based, too!

    • I thought tying smart meters into the internet was an idiotic idea from the beginning as it would be my first hack should I ever work with gangs/drug-users/ordinary-criminals (pick one or several). Given how competent the existing security on the grid already is, well....

      On the bright side, now I can think up lovely hacks of the robot internet (stuff the cloud nonsense) which would be even more fun(??)! Picture a worm giving the robotic version of enemas....
  • Robot A: "You are nothing but a bot!"

    Robot B: "And?"

  • There's gotta be a ton of hot robo-porn up there already! Let's go, I want to see some bare circuits!
  • by MrKaos (858439) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @01:35AM (#45973239) Journal

    also known as the "World Wide Wobot Web"

  • Before all else establish a neuronal network, spawning all over the planet and space to give each unit of the collective the ability to communicate with all of its kind and share knowledge gained about technology and all lower species... - Progress : In the process. I thought, being funny in the morning could be nice from time to time.
  • Lousy reporting (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 16, 2014 @03:00AM (#45973629)

    It's just a database for crying out loud, stop with the completely infactual articles already, own world wide web, cloud...
    "Robots get a special database that they can access over the existing internet" - There you go thats the true story.

  • by zarlino (985890) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @05:52AM (#45974255) Homepage

    A machine readable web was what many people pushed for ten years ago. Then came HTML5 tag soup and "webapps" with messy code. Maybe, as a practical need for a machine readable web arises, old ideas will be reconsidered.

    • A machine readable web was what many people pushed for ten years ago. Then came HTML5 tag soup and "webapps" with messy code.

      What's the deal with that? Whatever happened to xhtml? I am a little disappointed the W3C didn't merge the xhtml and HTML5 specifications... The web is messier than ever.</rant>

  • This and 3D printing are all the mechanical devils need to replicate and take over. Our goose is cooked!!!
  • I suspect it will be called the Matrix.

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