Elephant-trunk robot never forgets as it learns tasks

03/13/2014 | New Scientist

A robot that looks like an elephant trunk is composed of 3D-printed segments and learns like an infant how to perform various tasks, according to this article. The key to that is "goal babbling," a trial-and-error method of learning made possible when the robot detects tiny changes in pressure in pneumatic tubes servicing its artificial muscles. Developed by German engineering firm Festo, the robot remembers and learns the most efficient methods through successive attempts at a particular task.

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