The clip of the robot serving food seemed to appear on every site I visited today. I guess our fascination of life as The Jetson’s has not diminished with our youth. Robotic technology continues to advance and the PR2 robot is a good example. Not only is it smart enough to be able to fetch food from the fridge, but with the little help of a technology known as semantic search, it is even clever enough to bring you a sandwich, despite not knowing where or exactly what it is.

This interesting and somewhat entertaining news was found on Ubergizmo in their article, “Hungry? Let PR2 serve you a Subway sandwich.” Semantic search is the ability to make inferences about an object based on what is known about similar objects and the environment around it. Let’s call it the digital version of common sense. But don’t forget – common sense is relative.

Melody K. Smith

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