Robots of the Future: Smart as a Bee?

"The bee, whose brain is a tiny as a sesame seed, already has better navigation abilities than even our best robots.”  So says University of Queensland School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering head, Professor Janet Wiles.  The scientists at this university are working to make robots able to navigate their surroundings by learning the environment around them.  Of course, animals and insects do this all the time.  The goal of the research is to develop a robot that can be a helper for humans in many areas.  No more programming the vacuum or setting out a virtual fence to help the robot get around the house.  It would do it by itself right out of the box. 


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University of Queensland scientists are working on algorithms to help robots rapidly 'learn' about their environment. Scientists in Brisbane are blurring the line between biology and technology and creating a new generation of robot "helpers" more in …

2009 space odyssey: Brisbane maps robotic future – Sydney Morning Herald
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