Teaching robots what a dog knows intuitively. One application: discerning walkable surfaces.

Teaching robots what a dog knows intuitively. One application: discerning walkable surfaces.

“Our intuition for this was that dogs are really good at finding where to walk — where they’re allowed to go and where they’re not,” says Ehsani. “This is a very hard task for a computer because it requires a lot of prior knowledge.” This knowledge might be whether a surface is too steep to walk on or if it’s spiky and uncomfortable. It would be time-consuming to program a robot with all these rules, but a dog already knows them all. So by watching Kelp’s behavior, the neural network learned these rules without having to be taught them. In other words, it learned from the dog.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/14/17234570/artificial-intelligence-dogs-research-science-learning
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