Developers ‘program’ robots with the natural ‘human ability’ to recognize objects

Could robots become valuable parts of the workforce in the future? A group of scientists from Northwestern University, Google’s DeepMind team, a Japanese software company, and United States Armed Forces’ DARPA program made a breakthrough on Wednesday that has the potential to dramatically advance robots’ ability to work in places where physical restrictions prevent humans from working. This breakthrough heralds the development of artificial intelligence into a process that could “replicate” the truly human ability to recognize objects and learn from their interactions in real-time.

“The early results suggest that most tasks, including assisting with two-way natural language and speech production, may benefit from procedural automation in these domains,” the team wrote in a press release. “They also indicate that artificial intelligence may be able to reproduce the processing of contextual information that human assistants typically rely on.” If that all sounds like the plot to a sci-fi movie, you would be right on that note. But these robots are real and therefore worrying because they could one day help us more seamlessly live out our “robot fantasies.” But all hope is not lost for us humans.

Read the full story at ABC News.


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