One of the more serious limitations facing the robotics industry today is that each bot it produces is an island unto itself.
Worse, robots’ primitive AI doesn’t allow for intuitive thinking or problem solving — what’s known as artificial general intelligence. Looking to overcome this problem, researchers from several different European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots that will allow them to collaborate — and make each other smarter — over the Internet.
Essentially, the new system, called Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine, is an open source repository of accumulated information for robots. Its name is taken from the movie Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki, in which Rapyuta is the castle inhabited by robots. The name is quite perfect, actually.
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