Despite a lot of imaginative fiction most robots still don’t fully understand the world around them at a deep level. They can be programmed to back up when bumping into a chair, but they can’t recognize what a chair is or know that bumping into a spilled soda can will only make a bigger mess. To help researchers to build more intelligent real-world robots Facebook has developed the open-sourced droidlet platform.
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UCL has announced a four-year research partnership with Facebook AI Research (FAIR), in which PhD students spend time at both UCL Computer Science and Facebook This new strategic partnership between UCL and FAIR is the launch of Facebook’s PhD programme in the UK.