Humans and Robots Work Better Together Following Cross-Training; Swapping of Roles Improves Efficiency (+)’BigDog’ robot trained to throw cinder blocks (Video)

From Science Daily

Feb. 11, 2013 — Spending a day in someone else’s shoes can help us to learn what makes them tick. Now the same approach is being used to develop a better understanding between humans and robots, to enable them to work together as a team.

Robots are increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry to perform tasks that bring them into closer contact with humans. But while a great deal of work is being done to ensure robots and humans can operate safely side-by-side, more effort is needed to make robots smart enough to work effectively with people, says Julie Shah, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and head of the Interactive Robotics Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). . . . Read Complete Report

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‘BigDog’ robot trained to throw cinder blocks

Published on Mar 6, 2013

The Army Research Laboratories Robotics Program has improved the robot known as “Big Dog.” This mechanical dog doesn’t just bite, but now Big Dog is capable of hurling 35 pounds cinder blocks. RT’s Liz Wahl has more.
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