Tag: robotics

Wild Systems

Give AI curiosity and it plays video games all day

If you teach a robot to fish, it’ll probably catch fish. However, if you teach it to be curious, it’ll just watch TV and play video games all day. Researchers from Open AI — the singularity-focused think-tank co-founded by Elon Musk — recently published a research paper detailing a large-scale study on curiosity-driven learning. In it, they show how AI models trained without “extrinsic rewards” can develop and learn skills. Basically, they’ve figured out how to get AI to do stuff without explicitly telling it what its goals are.

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Wild Systems

Future AI may hallucinate and get depressed — just like the rest of us

Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. Recent research indicates human emotion, to a certain extent, is the byproduct of learning. And that means machines may have to risk depression or worse if they ever want to think or feel.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Home Healthcare Professional

As a home healthcare professional you are responsible for the support of elderly, ill or disabled people deprived of care. You used to work like a robot on a tight 15-minute schedule per patient and your main task was cleaning before you had to rush to the next appointment. Not anymore! While the intelligent cleaning drone tidies up the house, you have the time to talk to your patients and give them full and proper attention.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Robot Coach

Craftsmanship is generally very appreciated, but it takes a lot of time to master a craft. Therefore, as a robot coach you train – you guessed it, a robot – to transfer your knowledge to future professionals. Collaborating this way, humans and robots work optimally together, from student to coach and vice versa. And don’t be afraid that the human hand will become dispensable, as no robot does it like a human, and that’s what the craft is about in the first place.

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Next Nature

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT, job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt, as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual office had opened a week before the physical launch, and the applicants were pouring in from all over the world. Now it was time to welcome job-seeking futurists to the offline opening of our office, this entailed drinks, jobs… and robots! 

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