Two robots, Happy and Bashful, separated by the Atlantic Ocean, recently used the Internet to teach each other. One of the seven 'dwarf' robots of Reading University in UK, Happy was sent to the University of Buffalo, New York and programmed to use the Net to talk to Bashful, back in Reading. The miniature robots on wheels require no remote control or human intervention. In the experiment, Bashful trained itself to move around without bumping into anything, by using ultrasound sensors. Bashful then taught Happy to do the same. Happy later received programming data from Bashful, telling it how to carry out specific tasks.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.