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Facebook researchers are experimenting with robots

Facebook has revealed it has been experimenting with robots.

The social networking company's researchers have been looking into how the future of robotics can further its work in artificial intelligence.

Antoine Bordes - co-managing director of the company's artificial intelligence research labs - told Bloomberg News: "The great thing about robotics is that it takes place in real time, in the real world."

Facebook has revealed details of three papers it is working on, with the first involving a six-legged robot teaching itself how to walkt through trial and error.

The second focues on leveraging "curiosity" to help robots learn faster, while the final one the company shared looks at a sense of touch and how it can help a robot achieve tasks like rolling a ball.

Chief AI scientist Yann LeCun added that Facebook's AI research lab (FAIR) has a duty to "see around corners" and prepare for the future in terms of potential products and services.

LeCun added: "You've got to start early. It's not just something you can jump into when it picks up."

Meanwhile, Facebook is reportedly gaining support for a cryptocurrency-based payments service.

It's said that the social network has held discussions with MasterCard, Visa and other financial and e-commerce companies about the codenamed Project Libra.

Although the company hasn't directly commented on the report, it did say it is "exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology".

A spokesperson added: "This new small team is exploring many different applications."

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