Georgia Tech receives funding from the Navy to develop a cognitive-thinking humanoid bot.

Georgia Tech has received a $900,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to develop a robot that can complete missions in dangerous situations by utilizing what's found around the area. Professor Mike Stilman, team leader of the project, refers the robot as “MacGyver bot” and explains that:

Our goal is to develop a robot that behaves like MacGyver, the television character from the 1980s who solved complex problems and escaped dangerous situations by using everyday objects and materials he found at hand.

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