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  1. Cool How to make a AI Robot

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    How to make a AI Robot i am VERY new in this area please assist me, i am new to robots also.. Can i be pointed in the right direction and maybe some... im hoping to make it $100-$200 or less but i am not expecting that... im wanting it wheeled since i am new and i want it to be able to learn more itself... or me be able teach it one on one. i want it to be able to talk also... the last expectation is a arm that can cary a drink, chips, pick something off the floor, etc.

    Thanks,
    Dafull97

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    Re: How to make a AI Robot

    There are a couple problems with your request.

    #1: Full A.I. in robotics has not yet been achieved to my knowledge, and I try to stay on top of ALL robotics news almost daily.

    #2: Even a cheap extremely basic robot (even some child toys) are higher price than your 100-200$ request.


    Now for helpful information:

    You want a rolling robot that can:

    -learn for itself
    -you can directly teach
    -can talk

    To varying degrees, this has already been accomplished. Robots are programmed with whatever information the builder or user decides to give them. Which essentially fulfills the "one on one being able to teach". Talking robots are not common, but are not as difficult as they once were to create. Speech recognition on the other hand is tougher (You can talk, and the robot can accept commands just from listening to your voice) but has also been done, and is not super un-common.

    What first came to mind reading your request was a robot I have read about, and recently saw in "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman: Season 4 (Are Robots The Future Of Human Evolution?". The robot is called the XCR-1 which has a "associative neural network". You can teach it, and somewhat it can learn for itself.

    Unless you have a super programmer friend, you'd need to learn a lot of programming. And you need to do a lot of research in general on this subject. But I hope some of this was helpful.

    Helpful link to more info on XCR-1: http://www.conscious-robots.com/index.php
    Last edited by EzioYugen; 12-13-2013 at 09:07 AM.

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    Re: How to make a AI Robot

    Hi!

    As Ezio pointed out, AI is not here yet, it is sometimes also called "the singularity" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity). If you want to start with a robot, you can either get a kit based robot, or build something yourself. What is your starting point? Do you have some technical know how or maybe a relative/friend)? If you had to choose a few basic things your robot could do, what would they be? What would you like to realize?

    Maybe more a toy, but this is a pretty fancy robot for around 130 dollars: http://www.gosphero.com/ version 2 was just released.

    Given your name ends in 97, I am assuming you were born in 97 and are now about 16 years old. If you are truly interested in this subject you might be able to enroll yourself in the correct study (mechanical/electrical engineering robotics/control theory etc) even. Hey, you could consider this a 10 year goal! You might be the one that makes the singularity happen.

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    As the others mentioned, you will not be able to achieve all of your goals with a $100-200 robot, but that does not mean you should not start working toward it. There are a lot of great kits out there, that you can begin to learn with. Trossen sells several small rovers for under $200, including: http://www.trossenrobotics.com/robot...-comprehensive

    The Society of Robots has some interesting articles up on their website, including how to build a simple robot for $50. http://www.societyofrobots.com/

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    Thanks to all that has replied, this has been very helpful, i will put this project on hold for now nad start working toward my Home Automation system... using Raspberry pi to make a Home Automation system in hte near future i will start making my robot after i get a job, the home automation system is cheap comapared to my wanted robot...

    Thanks all,
    Dafull97

    P.s. i am 16

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    Re: How to make a AI Robot

    Even a cheap extremely basic robot (even some child toys) are higher price than your 100-200$ request
    That's not necessarily true. Society of Robots has the "$50 robot" starter project, which is a very good way to get started.
    http://www.societyofrobots.com/step_by_step_robot.shtml

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    Re: How to make a AI Robot

    Robots can be very in-expensive. Try salvaging an old ink jet printer or fax machine from the dumpster. Many parts inside.

    Also, about 99% of the work to make a "real" robot is software and that costs nothing, just weeks of your time. You can start on that now with not job.

    About AI. It has been a "decade" away for the last 4 decades that I've been watching. They thought they were only tens years away in the 60's, then in the 70's said "in another ten years and so on. But today we have very us full software, still not true AI. But we can understand speech and plan routes and interpret vision and on and on. most ALL of this research level software in available from university web sites. CMU, MIT and Stanford have loads of stuff available. for example "concept net 5" is free
    http://conceptnet5.media.mit.edu
    and you can Google terms like "openCV" and "Standford NLP Toolkit"
    You can do a LOT with what you can get, but true AI is maybe 10 years away still ;-)

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    Computers are still only as smart as what we put into them. For example, computers believe that you can "fee your family" :-)

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    Re: How to make a AI Robot

    Quote Originally Posted by jwatte View Post
    That's not necessarily true. Society of Robots has the "$50 robot" starter project, which is a very good way to get started.
    http://www.societyofrobots.com/step_by_step_robot.shtml
    One of my projects is to assemble the lowest cost usable Robot for experimenters with a price suitable for teenage builders (I'm teaching high school science.)

    Start with this $13 platform http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__26250__4WD_Robot_Chassis_KIT_.html

    Y
    ou will need four motor controllers. But with such low power motors can can make a "H-Bridge" controller with just one dual 555 timer chip. These sell for about 50 cents each, You can wire then "dead bug" style. That is super glue then feet up to a strip of cardboard of whatever and wire directly to the legs.

    Control h-bridge with low-cost, low power MSP based "TI Launchpad" There cost $10 each from TI
    http://www.ti.com/tool/msp-exp430g2

    The above totals out at about $25 (plus batteries) and you'll have a computer controlled self-mobile platform. That said, durability is not great, you'd want to keep spare parts on hand.

    What can it do? It is really a platform for developing robots. Say for example you want to learn how to use a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to track your position and speed. This platform would be ideal because it let's you put your budget into the sensors and not into wheels and motors.

    That said, simulation software is the best place to start if you have no budget.

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