January 16, 2014Published by: Charlie Gregory

Step 1 of Sentience: Give Robots Their Own Internet

..yes. It's true. According to the BBC and Independent, scientists at Eindhoven University in Holland are today launching RoboEarth, a prototype cloud engine for robots. Through this 'internet' of sorts, they can learn and share their independent knowledge with others.

On the site, RoboEarth announced: “These robots will use RoboEarth as a knowledge base, communication medium, and computational resource to offload some of their heavy computation.”

To begin with, four robots are going to be linked across the system, and put into a mock hospital room in the Dutch university, analysed on how they care for their 'patient'. If successful, it could be a big step towards robotic carers for the elderly and disabled.

Let's just hope that those helping the hindered don't get too smart and start acting like this rather evil fellow below...

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