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Robot Archer iCub learns to shoot arrows, pierces our mortal heart (video)

published 2464 days, 18 hours, 1 minute ago posted by Pedro CubiasPedro Cubias 2466 days, 15 hours, 16 minutes ago
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:44:49 AM GMT Monday, September 27, 2010 7:29:21 AM GMT

How do you make a creepy baby robot downright cute? Give it an Indian headdress and teach it the the bow-and-arrow, of course. The same team of researchers who brought us the pancake-flipping robot arm have imbued this iCub with a learning algorithm that lets it teach itself archery much the same as a human might do, by watching where the suction-tipped arrow lands and adjusting its aim for each subsequent shot. In this case, it obtained a perfect bullseye after just eight attempts. Watch it for yourself after the break, and ponder the fate of man -- how can we possibly stop an uprising of adorable robots that never miss?

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tags: icub, robot, TargetPractice, video

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