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August 23, 2006

Making robots more intelligent

robot from the I, Robot film

Robots have long since left the realm of science fiction and become a part of industry...of medicine...of life(*). But robots still aren't very smart. Robots typically need to be pre-programmed with their operation patterns before they can function properly, so their applications tend to be limited and they tend not to adapt well to changes in their surroundings. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has just funded a big initiative to come up with a truly intelligent robot in ten years.

METI is putting up $17 million dollars (2 billion Yen) to fund research in areas like image recognition and decision making.

(*)METI says there are an astonishing 840,000 robots in operation around the world...everything from giant industrial machines to little roombas.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 23, 2006 11:01 PM