The school where robots learn to help people – and each other
In the future, there are many activities in which robots could assist humans. Vodafone explains some of the leaps in technology we can expect to see in the future
In the future, there are many activities in which robots could assist humans – helping to feed people in care, assisting workers in factories with dangerous tasks, or assisting around the house with domestic chores.
Some of these tasks could be too dangerous for people to carry out, or there might be a shortage of trained workers.
Researchers at the newly-created Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, part of the Technical University of Munich, are developing tools to help robots and artificial intelligence (AI) help us in everyday life.
Founding Director Professor Sami Haddadin and his team want to make robots more flexible and smarter.
That requires AI – and also a fast mobile signal so that robots can share their knowledge with each other from hundreds of miles away, in real time.
To demonstrate how robots can share their knowledge via cellular networks, Professor Haddadin assembled 12 robots in the Munich School, 13 in the Pinakothek der Moderne (a modern art museum in central Munich) and a further 12 in Vodafone Germany’s 5G Lab in Dusseldorf, some 500 miles away.
The 5G Lab helps Vodafone and other companies to test devices using the latest technologies as soon as they are available, under realistic network conditions.
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