Building robots that learn
A child looks at a robot during the Innovation robotic summit 'InnoRobo' show in Lyon, France. (Getty Images)
July 25th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

Building robots that learn

Editor’s Note: This article was originally provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Aisha Sohail is a researcher at Boston University’s Neuromorphics Lab.

By Aisha Sohail, LiveScience

I walked into the building and there was a human-sized robot waiting to greet me. It shook my hand, took my coat and brought me to sit in the room where my interview was going to be held. It asked me whether I needed a drink, and then proceeded to clean the countertops and water the plants. When I asked whether there was a reason it was working so hard, it simply said: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."

If you have ever seen Stanley Kubrick's tribute to humanoid computers, "2001: A Space Odyssey," then you already know I was merely making an allusion ...

What actually happened during my first visit to the Neuromorphics Lab at Boston University was a slightly different, though no less entertaining, scenario. FULL POST

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