Next-level Robot Learns Like a Baby and Imagines Its Own Future


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Researchers from UC Berkeley have created a technology that allows robots to imagine how their actions will turn out in the future. Using this approach, the robots are able to interact with objects that they’ve never come across previously.

The way the technology helps the robots predict the future is called visual foresight. It gives the robotic system an ability to anticipate what future actions, like a series of movements, would look like in its camera.

In essence, a robotic imagination is invoked, allowing predictions several seconds into the future. This is not much but lets the robot named Vestri perform tasks without help from humans or much background information about the environment. The visual imagination is improved simply through unsupervised exploration, with the robot playing with objects on a table like a child. That helps the robot build a predictive model of the environment and use to control objects it hasn’t encountered previously.

Underlying this ability is deep learning based on…

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