Simple robots such as a standard PC circa 2004 consist of hardware and software that is only able to learn
by adding programs and data. More advanced robots learn using sensory input to their neural nets and
genetic algorithms. Information learned by experience cannot be as simply taught to another robot unless
the second robot is simply memory cloned from the first robot. As people find this out, they will be
Universal Robotics, of Nashville, Tenn., is developing self-learning robots that handle boxes in a
near-limitless variety of shapes and sizes.
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