January 14, 2014 | Jana

Being young and healthy, I'd be ashamed to ask a robot to serve me drinks or clean my table. However, I can imagine how helpful it might be for my old and ill grandfather. The problem is that nowadays robots are usually specialised to do one task.

Scientists have come up with a robot educational system called RoboEarth. Using it, robots would be able to share information and knowledge. They would learn from each other and perform more tasks than the one they were designed for. I think we'll need some safeguards, otherwise robots could become cleverer than humans.

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RoboEarth is being tested in a hospital, but it could be in our homes within ten years.

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Magnus @Londonosophy

January 17, 2014 at 08:10

Thanks for posting this, I think we should do all we can to harvest our own human learnings that will enable us to help others. Utilising this through AI has always been a contentious matter, but knowledge sharing in this way will help us work towards solving complex health issues, and providing care for patients in instances of epidemics. An interesting point came up at Future Fest in Shoreditch last year, around "exhuming" data from the past, and whilst not possible now, could we and would we want to have accurate historical knowledge of the past to guide future decisions, rather than basing our thoughts on what we have vicariously learnt from others? I'm not sure however, what do others think? :-)

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