Autodesk Researchers Teaching Brickbot to Assemble Legos

Published by , August 6, 2018 1:07 pm

(ZDNet.com) Researchers at Autodesk have been teaching a robot to play with toys. They equipped their robot Brickbot with the tools to teach itself how to assemble Lego blocks using the same learning techniques as a child. The task of enabling a robot to learn like a human — even a pint-sized one — is immense. “It’s a complex challenge,” an Autodesk spokesperson told me. “The project … relies on sensor data and machine learning to enable a robot to infer what’s going on in its environment, then adapt on the fly to accomplish an assigned task.”
Equipping robots to learn on their own could unlock new levels of productivity while aiding the spread of automation by lowering the cost of entry.