Robots could take charge from the humans in future…!

When it comes to robots, reality still lags science fiction.
Indeed, the confluence of several advanced technologies is bringing the age of
robotics ever nearer – smaller, cheaper, more practical and cost effective. The
number of robots in the world today is approaching 1,000,000, with almost half
that number in Japan and just 15% in the U.S.

A couple of decades ago, 90% of robots were used in car
manufacturing, typically on assembly lines doing a variety of repetitive tasks.
Today only 50% are in automobile plants, with the other half spread out among
other factories, laboratories, warehouses, energy plants, hospitals, and many
other industries. Some of the present examples of robots potentially replacing the
human work force are depicted below.

Robots can now learn
to cook just by watching YouTube videos

Researchers have come up with a new way to teach robots how
to use tools simply by watching videos on YouTube. The researchers, from the
University of Maryland and the Australian research center NICTA, have just
published a paper on their achievements, which they will present this month at
the 29th annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of
Artificial Intelligence.

Image Credit: Erik Charlton/Flickr

The demonstration is the latest impressive use of a type of
artificial intelligence called deep learning. A hot area for acquisition as of
late, deep learning entails training systems called artificial neural networks
on lots of information derived from audio, images, and other inputs, and them
presenting the systems with new information and receiving inferences about it
in response.

The researchers employed convolutional neural networks,
which are now in use at Facebook, among other companies, to identify the way a
hand is grasping an item, and to recognize specific objects. The system also
predicts the action involving the object and the hand. To train their model, researchers
selected data from 88 YouTube videos of people cooking. From there, the
researchers generated commands that a robot could then execute. “We believes
this preliminary integrated system raises hope towards a fully intelligent
robot for manipulation tasks that can automatically enrich its own knowledge resource
by “watching” recordings from the World Wide Web,” the researchers concluded, read
more in venturebeat.com.

China Opens Robot
Staffed Restaurant

Another artificial intelligence is very well shown in China’s
robot restaurant wherein cute litter robot workers serve the customers. Also, the
unique thing about this robot restaurant is its name ‘Wall-E’ (named after
Disney Pixar film Wall-E). In fact, every month more and more this kind of
restaurants is opening in China.

This new restaurant is in Hefei, Anhui province of China and
has similar looking robots to the one that opened in Chengdu recently. Clearly some
robot vendor is cleaning up with these things, which reportedly cost about $10,000
a piece. We have seen in many Hollywood movies which show such robotic
artificial intelligence. Now, it becomes a reality in China.

The robots are coming, and they’re going to take our jobs. The
future really doesn’t look so great for the average, human working staff, since
47 percent of the world’s jobs are set to be automated in the next two decades,
according to a recent and much-published University of Oxford study. 

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