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Reality gap in robotic vision

https://research.googleblog.com/2017/10/closing-simulation-to-reality-gap-for.html

The difficulty of transferring simulated experience into the real world is often called the “reality gap.” The reality gap is a subtle but important discrepancy between reality and simulation that prevents simulated robotic experience from directly enabling effective real-world performance.

Visual perception often constitutes the widest part of the reality gap: while simulated images continue to improve in fidelity, the peculiar and pathological regularities of synthetic pictures, and the wide, unpredictable diversity of real-world images, makes bridging the reality gap particularly difficult when the robot must use vision to perceive the world, as is the case for example in many manipulation tasks.

paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.07857

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