Cloud Robotics

We already have many simple robots that function quite well with small knowledge sets. We also have more complex robots that require much larger sets of knowledge to function in the desirable fashion. Now we are starting to see the growth of robots of all types that can access the “cloud” for their knowledge. This is not surprising since we humans do the same thing and we tend to design our robots to mimic our own functionality.

One of the benchmark characteristics for measuring intelligence is the ability to self-modify or self-program in order to reach objectives.

Cloud Robotics: Connected to the Cloud, Robots Get Smarter – []

n the first “Matrix” movie, there’s a scene where Neo points to a helicopter on a rooftop and asks Trinity, “Can you fly that thing?” Her answer: “Not yet.” Then she gets a “pilot program” uploaded to her brain and they fly away.

For us humans, with our non-upgradeable, offline meat brains, the possibility of acquiring new skills by connecting our heads to a computer network is still science fiction. Not so for robots.

[last slide from Kuffner’s powerpoint presentation:]


  • Cloud computing can enable cheaper, lighter, “smarter” robots
  • The infrastructure exists and is rapidly evolving in terms of performance and accessibility
  • Create a “shared knowledgebase” for robots
    • –Information about the world
    • –Robot experiences / history / behavior outcomes / learned skills can all be published or data mined

Consumer Robotics – Discover Urbi and GostaiNet applied to low-cost consumer robotics solutions.
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Low cost but powerful
GostaiNet makes it possible to remotely run on our servers complex robotics behaviors including artificial intelligence advanced vision and speech algorithms, on any compatible robot. The robot intelligence is no more in the robot itself but remotely executed on the cloud.

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