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.
Photo Credit: Adriel Olmos/CITRIS and the Banatao Institute