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Cloud Robotics The Internet

Robots Test Their Own World Wide Web 64

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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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