Test subjects were provided instructions on how to teach the robot similar to what you'd expect when buying a sophisticated appliance
A test subject teaches the PR2 robot how to fold a t-shirt through demonstration
Don't believe what the sci-fi movies tell you: when it comes to understanding our world, robots are stupid. Like computers, robots only do what we program them to do. And that's a big problem if we're ever going to realize the dream of practical robot helpers for the masses. Wouldn't it be great if anyone could teach a robot to perform a task, like they would a child? Well, that's precisely what Maya Cakmak has been working on at Willow Garage.
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