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In a new lab in its palatial Silicon Valley HQ, a red and black Sawyer robot arm is waving all over the place with a mechanical whine. It’s supposed to casually move its hand to a spot in space to its right, but it goes up, up, up and way off course, then resets to its starting position.
But, like a hare zigzagging back and forth to avoid a falcon, this robot’s seeming madness is in fact a special brand of cleverness, one that Facebook believes holds the key not only for better robots, but for developing better artificial intelligence.
Every home robot, save for the Roomba, so far has failed, in part because the machines just aren’t clever or useful enough.