Robot Robin Hood is self aware (10 photos)

Singularity took one step closer to becoming reality recently when researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology revealed a program that allows a robot to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow! The algorithm, called ARCHER (Augmented Reward Chained Regression), was developed to allow the humanoid robot iCub to teach itself archery. The robot, aka iCub, dressed in a dollar-store feathered head dress and armed with a toy bow and arrow, took just eight attempts to find the bullseye by adjusting its trajectory after every shot. "Acquiring new motor skills involves various forms of learning. The efficiency of the process lies in the interconnections between imitation and self-improvement strategies," researchers said in a release. "Similarly to humans, a robot should ideally be able to acquire new skills by employing such mechanisms." Supplied by WENN.com

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