‘Pepper’ robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child’s game


Robots, much like children, are now using simple games to learn important skills. Pepper, SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot, recently learned to play ball-in-a-cup (also called ring and pin) in an effort to better understand optimal trajectory. In the beginning, SoftBank’s team demonstrated the game to the robot by guiding its arm. By the end of the video below, Pepper no longer required their assistance. It took 100 tries, but each failed attempt left Pepper to analyze and try to improve upon past performance, much like a human. After each failed attempt, the robot attempted to alter the movement slightly in an…

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Google is hosting an event on October 4 and will almost certainly launch new hardware


We’ve been hearing rumors about an upcoming Google event for some time now, and the company has finally confirmed that it’s hosting one on October 4 in San Francisco. The company sent out invites to the event and also tweeted from its @googlenexus account about it, embedding a teaser clip from YouTube; there’s also a new Google page with the aforementioned date (adjusted for your time zone) and what looks like an outline of a smartphone. All signs point to new hardware, but the company isn’t explicitly saying so just yet. October is coming. #madebygoogle https://t.co/UNMr2cJXhk pic.twitter.com/LzyswaEBjh — Google (@google)…

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