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AI-run robot helicopter learns by watching person-run helicopter

Posted on: Wednesday, 3 September 2008

They’re just using small, four-foot-long helicopters now. But I smell a rogue robot helicopter movie on the horizon.
clipped from www.sciencedaily.com
Stanford computer scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that enables robotic helicopters to teach themselves to fly difficult stunts by watching other helicopters perform the same maneuvers.
The stunts are “by far the most difficult aerobatic maneuvers flown by any computer controlled helicopter,”
The dazzling airshow is an important demonstration of “apprenticeship learning,” in which robots learn by observing an expert, rather than by having software engineers peck away at their keyboards in an attempt to write instructions from scratch.
Stanford’s artificial intelligence system learned how to fly by “watching” the four-foot-long helicopters flown by expert radio control pilot Garett Oku. “Garett can pick up any helicopter, even ones he’s never seen, and go fly amazing aerobatics. So the question for us is always, why can’t computers do things like this?” Coates said.
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