Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sony prepares to make the Qrio smarter than us

Sony Qrio

According to the Nikkei newspaper, Sony's next project for its little Qrio robot is to up its brainpower to near-supercomputer levels. Given its size, it doesn't come as much of a surprise to find that they're not going to try and shoehorn something into its head. Instead, the plan is to link it via a high-speed wireless connection to a grid of 250 computers that'll do the thinking. The upshot is that rather than giving the Qrio instructions, they'll be letting it work things out for itself. Details beyond that are scant (we can't find a press release on this from Sony yet, either), but we assume they're thinking of something considerably more advanced than having it wander around and avoid walking into the walls. Given how big an emphasis Sony has placed so far on making the Qrio appear to interact naturally with the meat world, it seems safe to suppose that further improving its social skills could well be a big part of the latest grand experiment.

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