Robots Take To The Internet, Get Their Own Wikipedia
Robots will soon be able to solve problems without the need for human input, as in the future our electronic friends will have their very own Web to surf.
Sadly (for the robots at least), this robot-exclusive Internet won't have all the online luxuries we mere mortals have, so don't go expecting any robo-dating, or spare-part auction sites. However, it will be one thing--educational.
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are currently working on a Wikipedia-esque site for robots, called RoboEarth. Once complete, scientists think that RoboEarth will let robots upload information on completed tasks and then share this data, in order to be capable of finishing jobs independently.
Project researcher Dr. Waibel told BBC News that the "key is allowing robots to share knowledge," with the hope that the four-year RoboEarth program will add some form of standardization to how robots can work.
If successful, the RoboEarth resource could let robots tangibly define information and pass it on for other bots to use effectively, greatly growing the capabilities of often one-function machines.
If robots do take to the web, and decide to explore beyond their RoboEarth confines I have just one thing to say: 01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01010111 01101111 01110010 01101100 01100100 00100001.
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