The Robo Brain Project is a multi-university, open-source project to create a massive online knowledge-base which robots around the world can connect to in order to share what they have learned with each other — a kind of Wikipedia for robots.
Ashutosh Saxena of Cornell University is the project lead. In this video he explains the project and how a robot can use the knowledge-base to autonomously figure out how to perform new tasks in unfamiliar environments. Once a robot has learned this it can share what it has learned with other robots accessing the “brain”. The whole thing is open source and available for anyone to use.
You can actually play with a virtual robot by giving it commands and help improve the project at TellMeDave.com
The website for Robo Brain is RoboBrain.me . Here you’ll see robots sharing what seem to us to be simplistic things like ” the position of standing human while using a phone is distributed as heatmap 10″ or ” rolling pin is a type of cooking utensil”. We may be witnessing here the start of an emerging robot collective consciousness.