What Kind of Domestic Robot Will OpenAI Bring to Our Homes?

The non-profit OpenAI, which is backed by Elon Musk, is planning to make the next big domestic robot. But don’t think Roomba 2.0. The group, which also boasts support from Peter Thiel, plans for its robot to be able to perform a variety of household tasks, making it more like the general purpose machines in I, Robot than a blindly roving vacuum cleaner. If the OpenAI team succeeds in making one robot that can perform a range of general tasks, it would be a huge step forward in the largely stagnant world of automated chores. So far, researchers have mostly succeeded in creating robots that can do one or two tasks, often with human guidance. There’s a robot in Munich that can cook a Bavarian breakfast, one that can intelligently…


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