If robots rise up and takeover our jobs, we might have to blame ourselves- at least those who share the knowledge about how to perform certain human tasks online.
One of the main challenges we are facing in new-age robotics is making robots that behave like us. Although, advanced Artificial Intelligence technology are granting machines a better knowledge of how to navigate surroundings, still there is a huge barrier in the way they work in association with humans.
Whenever we have tried to learn how to do a certain thing, be it tying a bowtie to dressing up for Halloween to trying some new form of “Pilates”, we have probably ended up always using wikiHow. Now these high-end robots will be using advice site generated by users to learn how to perform various sorts of tasks for us that includes making pizza, popcorns and pancakes.
The thin line differentiating robots and humans is almost blurry; we now have robots as bartenders, waiters, and butchers.
Get ready! Here comes a robot that can whip a pancake if you demand.
MIT Technology Review divulged that a team of robotics researchers from several European universities, RoboHow, are trying to impart knowledge to robots about cooking, among the other necessary things.
Similar to most budding chefs and cooks now-a-days, the robots can learn, through a conjunction of being shown how to cook a specific item by some knowledgeable person, and then analyzing information from websites and videos just to confirm the method learnt.
The PR2, Robot by RoboHow, scans the content of wikiHow and other websites to figure out the necessary details it needs to finish a task that it has been assigned. It goes through a process known as Semantic Parsing, which means that it will analyze the natural language used by humans into a representation it can process upon.
Ideally, this robot will gain the knowledge, make use of it in its surrounding, and it will communicate all that it has learnt with an online database named as OpenEase. It will create a ubiquitous and an open repository of knowledge for any other robot to approach and learn.
As per the MIT Technology Review, researchers are also considering the techniques that will help these robots learn from bodily watching humans carrying out specific tasks. This will include contemplating virtual data after humans are done with their tasks using tracking gloves.
It is similar to the manner IBM Watson can take data streams and use it doe recommendations in cancer diagnosis, or make recommendations for fantasy football team.
As they report “while this development sounds like the peaceful beginning scene of a sci-fi movie plots in which robots eventually become too intelligent, overthrow their human captors, and kill everybody, for now it’s just another milestone in our civilization’s race to automate pretty much everything that we used to have to do ourselves.”