Robots have become not only technical helpers around the human being, but they will slowly begin to act human, think like normal people and also react to certain things. In 2012, Google as created the engineered and computerized base of creating a human brain. A simulation has been intended in order to see if a robot can be taught to recognize objects, animals or people based on information that can be gathered from watching YouTube videos. The important detail is that the data about that single object, animal or person hadn’t been implemented in the program; it is entirely about the information that the robot understood from the given video. The example given to the media was that of a video with a cat, that was immediately recognized after the video stopped playing.
A group of researchers from the University of Maryland who have found the study made by Google in 2012 have taken the project to the next level. In other words, the robot isn’t just an idea or a simulation anymore, because they have actually created it. The amazing project has been presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence: the initially Google robot is capable of learning by watching instructional videos.
Cooking has been one of the tasks that the robot had to fulfill. Various tutorials and “how-to” videos were played for it, also bringing YouTube a lot of video visualizations. If the robot was provided with all the tools that it needed as it was shown in the video, the capacity of redoing them was brilliant and the task were done with a high level of accuracy.
Reza Ghanadan, program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Offices said that
“This system allows robots to continuously build on previous learning—such as types of objects and grasps associated with them—which could have a huge impact on teaching and training. Instead of the long and expensive process of programming code to teach robots to do tasks, this research opens the potential for robots to learn much faster, at much lower cost and, to the extent they are authorized to do so, share that knowledge with other robots.”
Even if the cooking demo is quite impressive, scientists hope that in the near future, this kind of robots will learn different kinds of information and be able to execute a lot of hard things in areas such as military and logistics.
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