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Robot Programming: A Guide to Controlling Autonomous Robots by Tracey Hughes, Cameron Hughes

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2. Robot Vocabularies

Robot Sensitivity Training Lesson #2: A robot’s actions are only as good as the instructions given that describe those actions.

Robots have language. They speak the language of the microcontroller. Humans speak what are called natural languages (e.g., Cantonese, Yoruba, Spanish). We communicate with each other using natural languages, but to communicate to robots we have to either build robots that understand natural languages or find some way to express our intentions for the robot in a language it can process.

At this point in time little progress has been made in building robots that can fully understand natural languages. So we are left with the task of finding ways to express our instructions and intentions in something ...

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