Scientists teach robots ‘consideration’ and mutual cooperation – Technology – Science and technology


According to scientists, robots will have “social skills” and will know when to react to help another machine or person at work.

Can robots think like humans? Not yet. However, scientists from the American MIT Institute have managed to create an interface that will allow them to be more considerate. If you are wondering how considerate a robot can be, the answer is simple. When performing tasks, it will take into account whether they will affect other robots or humans. This may seem trivial at first glance, but developing an algorithm is not easy at all, as it has to work with a number of variables.

Three categories of robots

In their mathematical model, scientists have defined three basic categories of robots. The first is category 0, which includes robots without the ability to recognize common goals and work together to achieve them. Category 1, in turn, includes robots that can work together on a common role and communicate with each other to some extent. The third category (marked 2) includes sophisticated robots that communicate with each other and adapt the performance of individual tasks according to the current needs and activities of other robots. This flexibility can be helpful in completing and scaling tasks faster.

“If you are a robot and you want to get to object X and I am another robot that sees that you are trying to get to object, I can help you get to it faster. This could mean, for example, bringing the object closer to you, finding another, better and closer object, or doing what you would otherwise have to do in place of object X. ” explains benefits of a new algorithm member of the research team, Ravi Tejwani.

Robots must learn to communicate with each other and predict

According to Boris Katz of the Center for Machine Learning Research at MIT, robots will be part of our world faster than many think. “It is therefore necessary to teach them how to communicate with people in a way that is close to us. Robots need to understand when is the best time to help us, or when to intervene to prevent an unwanted event. This research is still in its infancy, but I think it’s a really important attempt to understand what people and machines will be able to interact with each other. ”


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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