A team of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich have taught a robot to behave like a predator and hunt “prey,” or a robot controlled by a human, using special software to aid the robot to mark its target and pounce.

The applications for the predator robot are a lot less terrifying than you might think – it’s about creating software to allow robots to look at their environments and discern a target in real time.

For instance, as Tobi Delbruck, professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics explained, “one could imagine future luggage or shopping carts that follow you.” This allows the software to transcend the labels of “predator and prey” to reach levels of “parent and child”.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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