08 Nov '17, 9pm

AI Startup Embodied Intelligence Wants Robots to Learn From Humans in Virtual Reality

AI Startup Embodied Intelligence Wants Robots to Learn From Humans in Virtual Reality

Depending on who you ask, robotic grasping has been solved for a while now. That is, the act of physically grasping an object, not dropping it, and then doing something useful is a thing that robots are comfortable with. The difficult part is deciding what to grasp and how to grasp it, and that can be very, very difficult, especially outside of a structured environment. This is a defining problem for robotics right now: Robots can do anything you want, as long as you tell them exactly what that is, every single time. In a factory where robots are doing the exact same thing over and over again, this isn’t so much of an issue, but throw something new or different into the mix, and it becomes an enormous headache. Over the past several years, researchers like Pieter Abbeel at UC Berkeley have been developing ways of teaching robots new skills, rather than actions, and how to ...

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