Pieter Abbeel in WIRED “The Education of Brett the Robot”

CITRIS researcher and UC Berkeley roboticist Pieter Abbeel tells Wired how BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) uses trial-and-error to learn new ways to accomplish tasks.

WIRED, September 9, 2017 – The Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks–aka Brett, of course– holds one of those puzzle cubes for kids in one hand and with the other tries to jam a rectangle peg into a hole. It is unhappily, hilariously toddler-like in its struggles. The peg strikes the cube with a clunk, and Brett pulls back, as if startled.

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Photo Credit: Adriel Olmos/CITRIS and the Banatao Institute