Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Robots That Can Really See You!


Tomaso Poggio, professor at the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is very close in understanding on how the human brain is able to process certain kinds of visual information from a series of pictures. Mr. Poggio and his team created a computer model that is able to quickly recognize certain kinds of complex scenes and objects with a high success rate of 70% or higher. This system turned out to be as good, if not much better, than existing computer-vision systems and can be even compared with our own visual system! This is a huge quantum leap forwards if implemented to autonomous domestic robots to help with daily tasks. No need for complicated methods to map rooms out and have it recognize hazards if something like this great visual system is used. One step closer to HAL9000 and a huge leap for the evolution of robots.

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