The Robot Maid of the Future Might Teach Itself How to Do Chores

Though it might have trouble folding towels with those arms. Most Popular Created with Sketch. Jul 25, 2016 Some of Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters, including Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Reid Hoffman are all backing OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company with a focus on on deep learning. The first challenge on the list? Robot maids that can teach themselves how to clean. Fetch Robotics currently makes warehouse bots, the type that will follow employees around as they load products for carrying. Fetch also makes the software running their robots, and the plan OpenAI has is to use deep learning to have them train themselves through a process of trial and error. The company has brought on Pieter Abbeel—a professor at the University of California, Berkeley who focuses robot learning—to…


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