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Researchers train robots to see into the future

Researchers train robots to see into the future
From TechCrunch - December 8, 2017

Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots imagine the future of their actions so that they can interact with things theyve never seen before.

The technology is called visual foresight and it allows robots to predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of movements.

Write the researchers:

In the same way that we can imagine how our actions will move the objects in our environment, this method can enable a robot to visualize how different behaviors will affect the world around it, said Sergey Levine, assistant professor at Berkeleys Department of Electrical Engineeing and Computer Sciences. This can enable intelligent planning of highly flexible skills in complex real-world situations.

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