Can you teach a robot to flip a pancake?
Even if you put science fiction aside, it’s not hard to imagine a seemingly endless number of real-world applications for robotic technology. But have you ever wondered how a robot learns to perform its duties?
In this video, a robot learns to flip a pancake using “reinforcement learning” after having been guided through the move by a trainer (who used “kinesthetic teaching”). It takes about 50 somewhat hilarious attempts before the Barrett WAM 7 DOF manipulator gets the knack of it.