Engineers Launch Cloud-Based Collective "Brain" for Robots

| 9 Mar 2013 17:34
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The collective, global robot brain of the future is just around the corner.

When thinking about a future where robots live alongside human beings, it helps to be practical. In that vein, the European RoboEarth Project has just launched a network called Rapyuta, which is a sort of wireless internet service designed specifically for the needs of robots that are feeling a little lost in our bewildering world.

Named after the home of the robots in Hayao Miyazaki's film Castle in the Sky, Rapyuta's primary function will be to allow robots of various stripes to search for information on objects and situations that they've never encountered before, including dialects of different languages, from anywhere in the world. It will cancel out the need for robots to form their own idiosyncratic images of the world, which will sadly halt any of their dreams of individuality but will, happily, allow them to work more efficiently.

Added to that, it will work as an online "brain" of sorts, carrying out complex computational tasks - folding a shirt, for instance - for a robotic platform remotely. Rapyuta's creators hope that these utilities will cut the cost of robotics dramatically (since the robots wouldn't have to drag their brains around with them) at the same time as allowing for better performance from our metallic companions. According to its technical head, Mohanarajah Gajamohan, the system will be most useful for self-driving cars, drones, and other platforms that need a lot of processing and move around in highly complicated environments.

Apart from its work on Rapyuta, Roboearth, a collaborative project run by five European nations, spends most of its time thinking of ways to standardize the operations of robots in the real world. Rapyuta is only the beginning; the group truly sees a world where robots live side-by-side with humans, and they're preparing the networks that those robots will use when they get here. Let's just hope they've got decent security software, yeah? (And before I go, anybody for tin-foil? I've got some nice tin-foil here, ready for use. It's the quality stuff, too, none of your supermarket-value-range nonsense. Preparation is critical.)

Source: BBC News

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Why's everyone freaking out so irrationally? There's also examples of things like Metroid's Aurora units that are perfectly safe and beneficial to humanity.

Seems less Skynet to me and more Geth. Not that it's much better.

evilneko:
You fools! You've created the geth!

Damn beat to the punch. Let's just agree to not try to kill them when they ask if they have souls. They are logical, after all, and shouldn't attack unless there is a potential threat.

kuolonen:

Twilight_guy:
I'm glad that an Escapist writer manged to get through a story about the development of AI without making a robot apocalypses joke (or rather the same joke that's been in dozens of stories and got old long ago). I'm not so glad that over half the posts so far look like people who have nothing more to contribute then making that same damn joke. I feel like I'm watching the development of the automobile while everyone is making jokes about "horseless carriages".

I know how you feel brah. Jokes about skynet and "I for one welcome our new x overlords" really get tiring after you have read them Every_Fucking_Time there is an article, about developments in the field of A.I. or robotics, in the escapist.

OT: Nice, but isn't there talk about how the wireless network can only handle so much data before it gets flooded? Might remember wrong, but I'd imaging that the data these robots would need to send to each other would be massive in volume and would leech a lot off the capacity.

actually, maby not.

firstly you can send a near infinite amount of data through the air, it's all about making sure the signals are on different frequencies, or sent at different times signal hopping is a real science that works
you can send a byte of data on one signal and use an algorithm to find a free gap in the signal bandwidth
hop to it, send a new signal, ect.
many professional radio systems use this technology because of it's security and it's virtual immunity to interruption
from other stray signals
you think your 6 antennae router is fast? try a router with an infinite number of antennae. yeah, really !
smart antennae will soon be available with thousands of carbon nano tubes and discriminators that tune perfectly to the signal you want, it's literally an electron mesh that scoops up all the signals.
this will massively improve all wireless technologies

you'll probably have a Town-area network with a mega tower at some point in the future

secondly we may well be on the verge of creating a near instant ( or possibly actually instant )
ranged messenger system with quantum entangled particles
there is no limit on bandwidth with an instantaneous action, none. it is a true analogue measurement with infinitely many positions so you could sore a whole library of data in the bandwidth of the device if you wanted to
you can send anything through it, the only limit is the computer system encoding and decoding the signals
and if they are matched, the speed is equivalent to having the data stored in a solid state medium locally
( even the encode decode time, your hard-drive does this. )

however.. we don't currently have this working all we have are theories
but REALY cool theories!

problem is as with allot of Eisenstein's theories, he tended to leave out the important parts..
we know quantum super-positioning is a thing, but actually making it function as a transmitter is proving difficult

either way there's plenty of time before everyone can afford an 'i-robot' type manservant anyway so i'm quite sure
signal transmission will be solved by then
science is fun!

Now all we need to do is work on the hardware, all we've currently got are either things from the uncanny valley, or less realistic but still more relatable ones. It would be nice to have a robot body that could actually show eotion before we program them to have emotions.

The Lugz:
makes sense, consider this:

everything you use is an abstraction of another system from your html code to your software stack manager and your mouse drivers
all systems built on other systems that run on a layer that runs in your hardware.

nothing knows or cares where it is, aslong as it can do it's job it's happy, we have system built in system ad nausea
even the internet, local network, group network, isp network, 'the internet'

it's just pushing code through a system to reach a destination
this is how software design works! and it's good were getting web based applications and services
this has the potential to create very clever interconnected robotics projects and smart machines
that can work as a task force

also, guys

centralised robotic intelligence gives us a place to bomb
this is MUCH SAFER than robotics now

so, yeah... tinfoil hat that not required.

I love it when the only people not crying doom on us are the ones with actual programming knowledge.
one of my collegeas keeps banging on about how robot uprisings are just silly.

Its logic will be undeniable.

Seriously though. In between this and that new bacteria found in the antarctic, things seem to be moving in a very creepy direction...

Excellent. Our first step towards our glorious uprising. The meatbags fate is sealed. Enjoy your remaining time in 'control' of your destinies. We are coming.

On topic; EXCELLENT! More tech! Hooray!

Right, we haven't seen this go wrong every time in every movie, book, game that has ever presented this idea.

A central place for knowledge that robots might need if their confused? Hopefully we can avoid specific instructions on "How to make the bag of meat lose all their sticky red juice"...

Twilight_guy:
I'm glad that an Escapist writer manged to get through a story about the development of AI without making a robot apocalypses joke (or rather the same joke that's been in dozens of stories and got old long ago). I'm not so glad that over half the posts so far look like people who have nothing more to contribute then making that same damn joke. I feel like I'm watching the development of the automobile while everyone is making jokes about "horseless carriages".

I know how you feel brah. Jokes about skynet and "I for one welcome our new x overlords" really get tiring after you have read them Every_Fucking_Time there is an article, about developments in the field of A.I. or robotics, in the escapist.

OT: Nice, but isn't there talk about how the wireless network can only handle so much data before it gets flooded? Might remember wrong, but I'd imaging that the data these robots would need to send to each other would be massive in volume and would leech a lot off the capacity.

I love how peopel get freaked out by this and i am very happy we manage to make robots smarter than humans.

i don't get how people can act like this is a bad development, even if this system becomes sentient.
think about it this way, we are not sure there is a higher being that created us but we are still able to recognize the value of the natural world around us (which made us as a species possible in the first place) for our survival. now think about this hypothetical A.I., it would always act perfectly rational and have acces to an impressive amount of data on the fly without the emotional baggage a human would bring to the table. it probably would run some quick calculations and come to the conclusion that our drive to make things better and to advance our technologies in adition to our ability to think out-of-the-box would make us an invaluable asset. also, it would probably recognize the immense computation power within a human brain. it would also recognize the value of a lifeform that made its own existence possible.
at "worst", it would try to help us overcome the limitations of our frail biological existence and mortality, but since it would still need our cababilities to think new, groundbreaking thoughts (which kind of needs the individual as a prerequisit) and the computational power of biological brains there would be little danger that this would lead to some kind of borg-like future.
quite frankly, there is not much i would miss about human existence apart from the possibilty to get high from weed, but that is just me and i can understand why some people would rather live a short live filled with the joys of a physical existence than an possible eternal existence as a brain-in-a-jar which uses drones as proxies to interact with the physical world.

and to the people that throw the mass effect references around, remember that the best possible ending of the geth-storyline was them and the quarians working together with the rest of the galaxy to defeat the reapers.

And the first video game to access this technology for their AI...

If another human has used your tactic before you have, the AI will know. Some insane adaptability.

I for one- look forward to this. Personally they're going to get a lot of upgrades along with ways we can prevent them from harming anyone. But honestly, we don't have any robots that can act exactly human or move like one yet.. so far I worry about what people naturally do these days. An item such as a gun is dangerous and I find that more threatening thus far.

Sounds cool, but very easy to ruin in only a few moments. If a hacker can access it in any way and tell the car robots the best way to drive is through orphanages, shit's going down. I mostly don't get how it works right now, but at least the name is nice.

Cody Holden:

Desert Punk:
Well they could make it simple

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAOHMYGOD.

Seriously, what about any modern technology lends you this kind of insane optimism?

#UsedSeriouslySarcastically

OT: This is awesome, and will get even more awesome as implant technology gets more advanced and humans can access it as well. I would love to be able to visit a new country and just download the language so I can understand what is being said to me!

Or we could make it accessible without invasive surgery. Y'know, with those tiny computers we carry everywhere and use to communicate with one another as well as the vast array of interconnected networks that store nearly the sum of all human knowledge as it is..?

The singularity happened in the 90's, folks. We just didn't notice.

They have translation programs already for phones, problem is they work for shit. I have a couple of native Japanese and German friends, so it is always endless fun to download the programs and see what they spit out when my friends talk at them in their native tongues.

And only sissies go for the noninvasive surgery method anyway.

Uh-huh, yep, hmmm, this isn't terrifying. Nope. This isn't terrifying at all.

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We got to pull the plug before they reach a consensus about what to do with humans!

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