Robots could take charge from the humans in future...!

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.


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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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