MIT researchers create AI system that could make robots better at handling objects | Engadget

It can reorient many smaller objects, including things like tennis balls and apples, with a nearly 100 percent success rate, but tools like screwdrivers and scissors present a challenge. It could one day make robots better at manipulating tools and make them much more efficient at tasks like packing boxes.Please enter a valid email address The system allowed the robot to learn how to walk and recover from falls on its own.As things stand, the system isnt perfect either. A team of scientists from MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a system that could one day give robots that same kind of dexterity. Thats something that allows young children to be more deft with their hands than even the most advanced robots available today.But that could quickly change. Using a model-free reinforcement AI algorithm, they created a simulated, anthropomorphic hand that could manipulate more than 2,000 objects. When it comes to those types of objects, its success rate falls closer to 30 percent.
When most of us pick up an object, we dont have to think about how to orient it in our hand. Its something that comes naturally to us as we learn to navigate the world. Thats something that allows yo… [+1488 chars]