2013-06-17 – George Will once said “Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.” Science is now looking into the problem of committee meetings in robots.
It seems that the future of robots may lie in teams of robots that cooperate in completing whatever task is assigned to them. Part of cooperation requires that the robots be able to communicate with one another. Scientists have discovered, however, that it is not efficient for the robots to spend all their time in meetings. Algorithms are being developed to prevent this. For example, one algorithm tells a robot to shut up and do its work.
Next, science will tackle the problem of violence in drones. One early hypothesis is that drones will be less violence prone if they are assign to attend committee meetings.