The Roboearth API: Isaac Asimov Would be Impressed

Isaac Asimov once said, "Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is." An interesting opinion, but what if it applied to...robots? Roboearth is a database of robot experiences that can be shared with other robots. The Roboearth API gives developers access to the data stored on a cloud. Through the API you can search for "action recipes", environments, even individual robots connected to the network.

In the short video above, where a robot learns how to open a cupboard door and then uploads that learning to a central database for other robots to use, we see the beginnings of what could be a vast learning mechanism for robots. As the Roboearth website pointed out, this has big implications.

At its core, RoboEarth is a World Wide Web for robots: a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other about their behavior and their environment. Bringing a new meaning to the phrase “experience is the best teacher”, the goal of RoboEarth is to allow robotic systems to benefit from the experience of other robots, paving the way for rapid advances in machine cognition and behaviour, and ultimately, for more subtle and sophisticated human-machine interaction.

The question remains, will they learn Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics?

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