Sunday, August 23, 2015

Robot overlords get their own web network to aid coordination, control, and group learning

The best scientists and engineers in the EU and Japan have joined forces to build a central repository for robot software that will allow individual robots to offload heavy computational, storage, and analysis to data centers and rapidly upgrade their own operations through sharing with other robots and using the resources of the data center.

The company that is commercializing this technology is Rapyuta Robotics, based in Zurich, Switzerland, and Tokyo, Japan.

The Rapyuta software was originally developed by the RoboEarth project, sponsored by the European Union.

Right now, the company is concentrating on developing robot sentries, ground-based and aerial, for security purposes.  It plans to expand into inspection services, but says it plans to go far beyond that.

Their team consists of world-class experts in a synergistic combination of disciplines.

Using this system, Uber could coordinate the operations of its fleet of self-driving cars, and the cars would benefit from learning everything that every other car has learned and is learning.  The same goes for self-driving trucks and who-knows-what-other new forms robots and AI may take.

Everything about routes, traffic congestion, and everything known online about the passengers they are shuttling about, from their credit-worthiness to their preferences in music and video would be available to the robot car..

“Welcome back, Honored Guest,” the machine will say.  “We noticed you had some complaints about your last ride/stay/meal/book/video.  We’ve taken your views into account and have addressed the issues of concern to you.  Please accept our apologies for our previous failures.  We will continue to work to satisfy your every need, and, if possible, your every whim.”

With temperature and humidity sensors, and cameras, in the interior of the trucks, the condition and security of the products being shipped could be collected by the robot truck, uploaded to the data center, and provided as needed to those with a need to know.  UPS and FedEx already do this, enabling you to remotely track your shipment from any Internet connection.

One might well ask if there is there a “cloud robotics”-gap.  Where is the United States in developing comparable technology?  No doubt the Department of Defense is developing, or has developed, systems for the simultaneous coordination of drones, but is it equally robust as the RoboEarth/Rapyuta-based system being developed by the Swiss-Japanese company?

As the robots’ sensors channel real-time data to the Rapyuta data center, big data and analytic software can constantly analyze it, and update the distributed robots with better information for them to use in their operations.  This would create a massively-parallel recursively self-improving entity that could eventually evolve into something beyond its creators original intentions.  Or maybe into exactly what they originally conceived.

The core Rapyuta software is open source, maintained and enhanced by the team at Rapyuta Robotics, who will be using this open source Platform-as-a-Service to power their specific security and inspection products and services.  With the combined skills of the best engineers in Europe and Japan, the only question now is when we can see these systems in action.

That question has been posed by Etopia News to Rapyuta Robotics.  Stay tuned for further news.

For additional information about the origins and status of Rapyuta Robotics, click here.

Rapyuta as a precursor, or kernel, for Skynet, is also a theme in Rapyuta Is A Hive Mind For Robots In The Cloud.

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