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 A Motivated Room

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Date posted: 12/12/2005

Intelligent rooms are coming. Using machine vision to track movement and recognise gestures, whilst spoken commands are processed through voice recognition, these environments of the near future will basically manage your life with you.

However, there is a big snag: The complicated collections of equipment involved -- computers, cameras, pressure sensors, projectors, microphones -- can be a minefield of co-ordination and calibration. Intelligent rooms will never be practical if they require a team of technicians to adjust them every time someone moves a camera or behaves in a way the room doesn't expect. With this in mind, many teams of researchers are working on giving intelligent environments the ability to learn and adapt.

Researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have come up with artificial intelligence software dubbed intrinsically motivated learning agents to make intelligent environments more intelligent.

In the initial tests of learning agent-enabled intelligent rooms the rooms learned to associate different behaviours with people's locations, showing they are capable of learning patterns.

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