Alphabet Inc’s Google is combining the eyes and arms of a physical robot with the knowledge and conversational skills of virtual chatbots to help its employees safely fetch soft drinks and chips from restrooms. easily.
The mechanical service workers, demonstrated to reporters last week, embody an artificial intelligence breakthrough that has paved the way for versatile robots that are as easy to control as those performing tasks. Single, structured like a vacuum cleaner or guard.
Google’s robot is not ready for sale. They only perform a few dozen simple actions, and the company has yet to embed them with the familiar “OK, Google” summoning feature for consumers.
While Google says it is pursuing development responsibly, adoption could eventually stall because of concerns such as robots becoming surveillance machines or being equipped with chat technology that could gave an offensive response, as Meta Platforms Inc and others have experienced in recent years.
Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc are pursuing similar research in robotics.
“It will be a while before we can really be sure of the direct commercial impact,” said Vincent Vanhoucke, senior director of robotics research at Google.
When asked to help clean up an oil spill, the Google robot realized that grabbing a sponge was a more doable and sensible response than apologizing for creating a mess.
The robots interpret spoken commands naturally, weigh possible actions against their capabilities, and plan smaller steps to achieve the request.
This sequence is made possible by infusing the robot with language technology that draws understandings of the world from Wikipedia, social networks, and other websites. Google says similar AI underpins chatbots or virtual assistants, but has not been widely adopted for this robot before.
It revealed the effort in a research paper in April. According to a company blog post on Tuesday, combining AI with more complex language has since increased the robot’s success rate on commands from 61% to 74%.
Fellow Alphabet subsidiary Everyday Robots designs the robots, which will currently be limited to picking up snacks for employees.
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