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Brief Published: 21 Feb 2011

Robotic Wiki


European researchers are working on a robotic knowledge-sharing equivalent of Wikipedia.

Called RoboEarth, the project – funded by the European Union – aims to allow robots to share knowledge about tasks completed with their peers, so that they can work more efficiently.  

Potential applications for the system could include enabling a robot to go to a location it had never visited before, learning the tasks and objects associated with that environment through RoboEarth beforehand.

Swiss researcher Dr Markus Waibel from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich says: "Wikipedia is something that humans use to share knowledge, that everyone can edit, contribute knowledge to and access. Something like that does not exist for robots."