MIT Teaches Robot to Adapt

Many projects with great potential are created at MIT and here’s another one. An algorithm has been written that allows a robot to adapt and take advantage of the situation. In this example a two armed robot utilises its second arm to help place an object when it hasn’t natively been instructed to do so. Skynet’s nearly here. The video description says it all…

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. [MITnews]

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