There is plenty of exciting news recently in the field of reality virtualization. It is now clear that the future is not virtual reality but an augmented reality where humans can see the world with data overlays and robots can see a virtualized view of the world.
RoboEarth has released a ROS stack that provides the ability to recognize objects downloaded from RoboEarth and an object recorder to re-upload new objects to the cloud.
This is very exciting because it starts building the infrastructure necessary for robots to recognize objects they have never seen before. This could be thought of as the beginnings of a shared experience and memory for mobile robots.
However based on our previous thoughts, we feel unfortunately that lawsuits are inevitable in the United States.