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Researchers build robots that learn

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have reported creating a robot that can make educated guesses about its immediate environment and learn how to perform new tasks that it wasn't specifically programmed to carry out.

Until now, robots have performed specific tasks but were unable to respond to changes when their immediate environments shifted. Although they were able to execute jobs they were programmed to perform, they were unable to go further - basically because they were unable to think outside of the box. That's no longer the case, according to the researchers at Tokyo Institute's Hasegawa Group, who apparently have found a way to program robots with pattern-based artificial intelligence that lets them learn from experience - as well as to connect with other robots to learn from their experiences.

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