Robotic Hummingbird Could Use Machine Learning to Go Where Drones Can't

Purdue University researchers have created small flying robots that act like hummingbirds; they are trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques that the bird uses naturally every day. After learning from a simulation, the robot learns how to move around on its own like a hummingbird would. Artificial intelligence, combined with flexible flapping wings, also allows the robot to teach itself new tricks. Even though the robot can't see, it senses by touching surfaces, and can basically create a map without seeing its surroundings.