To understand the intent of others, the robot can rely on their movements. One way not to go through traditional means of communication and make more autonomous machines.
By programming robots to recognize their left and right, a team of Franco-Israeli would also enable them to communicate through the movement, like the bees. To achieve this, they are based on a communication solution called implicit stigmergie. It allows interaction without exchange of data: if the robot starts to the left the other responds in a way, to the right of another, etc.. The purpose of this research, published in the article “Deaf, Dumb, and Chatting Robots,” is to build machines that can transmit information even in case of failure of their traditional transmission systems.
When the robot is too small to bring its system of communication
This offers particular opportunities in nanotechnology. The machine to machine interaction is facing the problem of miniaturization. For Franck Petit, a researcher at the ENS Lyon and co-author of the paper, “the problem of nanorobots is that they are by their size naturally limited in capacity and energy.” It is complex if not impossible in the current state of things to equip communication systems such as GPS. Using a program that allows the robots to understand what the other in response to a movement of autonomous robots will make much smaller.
When it no longer works
Such research may also find in the army cleared. Franck Petit entrusted to L’Atelier “for war machines, in case of jamming of communications, this type of recognition by the movement could allow them to remain operational, even if it is still science fiction.” Researchers also make the energy savings represented by this type of communication compared to traditional means. The Israeli project was partially funded by the U.S. Airforce.