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The future of robotics in the cloud

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The University of California, Berkeley, is a leading center for robot learning and what's called "cloud robotics." Ken Goldberg, a professor of engineering and robotics expert, describes how the cloud has caused a paradigm shift in robotics.

Goldberg:       I've very excited about this because this is where the ideas, the Internet, the cloud, has changed the field and one of the ways is that there's a real emphasis on open source, sharing of code and data more than ever before. People are talking about robots sharing experiences. So, when a robot learns to do something it can upload that code and another robot can use it right away to perform a new operation. The other thing is that we used to always think that robots had been limited because of how much computing and memory they could carry on board, but we now realize that's not really needed. The processing, the memory, can be off-loaded into the cloud. So, the robot can be very lightweight, use much less power and much less costly because what it's essentially doing is using the cloud for those expensive tasks.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.