Robots get smarter by asking for help

September 18, 2009 | Source: New Scientist Tech

Willow Garage researchers are training a robot to ask humans to identify objects it doesn’t recognize, working with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, an online marketplace that pairs up workers with employers that have simple tasks they need completing.

A cleaning robot, for example, could spend its first week in a new building taking pictures and having people label them, helping it to build up a model of the space and the objects it contained.