Google’s Robots Are Learning How To Pick Things Up

When babies learn to grasp things, they combine two systems, vision and motor skills. These two mechanisms, coupled with lots of trial and error, is how we can pick up pencil differently than a stapler, and now robots are starting to learn the same way. Google is teaching its robots a simple task, picking up objects in one bin and placing them in another. They’re not the first robot to pick something up, but these robots are actually learning new ways to pick up objects of different shapes, sizes, and characteristics based on constant feedback. For instance, they’ve robot learned to pick up a soft object differently than a hard object. Other projects, like Cornell’s DeepGrasping paper, analyze an object once for the best place to grasp, attempt to pick…


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