Researchers at Brown University's computer science department are studying whether a robot called Baxter can be taught to pick up different objects. Joe Palca/NPR hide caption

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How Can Robots Learn New Tasks? Practice, Practice, Practice

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These little robots, called BlabDroids, ask people questions and video record their replies. The footage will be used to create a documentary. Courtesy of Alexander Reben hide caption

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Atlas, a humanoid robot, is competing against 16 other robots in a Pentagon-sponsored contest this weekend. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills

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