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Ask the crowd: Robots learn faster, better with online helpers

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot.
University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could one day query the larger online community, asking for instructions or input on the best way to set the table or water the garden.

“We’re trying to create a method for a robot to seek help from the whole world when it’s puzzled by

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