MIT teaches robots to adapt

Most commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call “pick and place” tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another. General-purpose household robots, however, would have to be able to manipulate objects of any shape, left in any location. And today, commercially available robots don’t have anything like the dexterity of the human hand.

At this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the premier robotics conference, students in the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will present a pair of papers showing how household robots could use a little lateral thinking to compensate for their physical shortcomings.

Here we see MIT senior Annie Holladay demonstrate and describe how her algorithm helps the robot adapt by using both of its arms instead of just one.

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Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News

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24 thoughts on “MIT teaches robots to adapt

  1. Yes, i’m sure we …
    Yes, i’m sure we all did. Beauty and high intelligence combined!? Awesome!

  2. Am I the only one …
    Am I the only one who? she reminds me of overly attached girlfriend? 🙂 She’s cute!

  3. The girl? is awfull …
    The girl? is awfull , and the robot is going to take the world !

  4. goal met, my? …
    goal met, my? daughter already has and will go further than me. she is amazing.

  5. Oh…. well, good. …
    Oh…. well, good. I’m glad someone knows howto protect a nation from lego blocks, coz i’m drawing a blank here.
    If a lego block army were to invade, i’d just? be all…. dude, what? Meanwhile the army will be all CODE 8 CODE 8! THIS IS IT GENTLEMEN!

  6. you guys should …
    you guys should look into making? your videos more widely known you would see a lot of support.

  7. It gives my heart …
    It gives my heart hope to see a? young lady who is also strikingly beautiful making meaningful contributions to this field and science in general!

  8. Solving problems …
    Solving problems before the rest of the world? even hears about them.
    awwww yeah

  9. I always imagine? ” …
    I always imagine? “AI” work to be very tedious, using human experience to foresee as many possible situations as we can. Is this the same, or is the algorithm actually allowing the robot to learn and build upon what it’s learning?

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