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Facebook today open-sourced Droidlet, a platform for building robots that leverage natural language processing and computer vision to understand the world around them. Droidlet simplifies the integration of machine learning algorithms in robots, according to Facebook, facilitating rapid software prototyping.

Robots today can be choreographed to vacuum the floor or perform a dance, but they struggle to accomplish much more than that. This is because they fail to process information at a deep level. Robots can’t recognize what a chair is or know that bumping into a spilled soda can will make a bigger mess, for example.

Droidlet isn’t a be-all and end-all solution to the problem, but rather a way to test out different…

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