'Vestri' the Robot Imagines How to Perform Tasks

UC Berkeley  researchers have programmed a robot named Vestri to complete tasks like a baby would - by playing with objects and then imagining how to get the task done. Using this technology, called visual foresight, the robots can predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of movements. The robotic learning technology enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before. In the future, this technology could help autonomous cars anticipate future events on the road and produce more intelligent robotic assistants in homes.