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How AI, robots will evolve to empower humans Updated: 2020-01-23 16:04:19 KST

Here's a robot arm that predicts what you want and fetches it for you.
Using a sensor to track your gaze, the arm moves towards a box of candies that it thinks you want, before you select it.
This is one way that Professor Henny Admoni is developing intelligent robots to empower human lives.

"My dream is to have a robot like this help someone have a social meal. So, um, you know, a social meal we're eating, but we're also talking, there's a lot of conversational dynamics and social dynamics. Um, I would love to be able to get this robot intelligent enough that it could help people spear or scoop or Touro food into their mouth when they wanted it and not interrupt them when they were in the middle of having a conversation."

With the proliferation of artificial intelligence mimicking and emulating humans' ability to think, perceive and make decisions, the notion of "human centric AI" has become a goal for scientists and the mantra of tech companies like Samsung.

"This picture here was created by artificial intelligence with no direction from a human being and without replicating existing work or scanning real world images. It's a depiction of how autonomous systems are growing in intelligence and sensibility."

A large part of that means training AI to understand human behaviour, anticipate our needs, then act autonomously and even creatively.
For instance, suggesting relaxing activities and bringing over a cup of tea if it senses we're stressed or taking over the wheel in a self-driving car.
But the crucial skill of learning to read between the lines and understand non-verbal cues and different contexts is very difficult for machines to emulate.
Through computer vision, sensors and algorithms, scientists are aiming to optimise collaboration between robots and humans.

"If you are in manufacturing, it may be impossible to build a single robot that does all the tasks that a human can do. But in coordination with the human being, the productivity might be significantly higher, right? Caring for the elderly is for sure an important application and, uh, building soft robots that even carriers or feeders and, uh, help us Locomote. Uh, these are very important robots that we will surely be, uh, living with in the not too distant future."

The world is increasingly running on codes, from smart speakers to robots that bring us toilet paper.
And that technology needs to be programmed to work with us and fit seamlessly into our lives.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News, Pittsburgh.
Reporter : osy@arirang.com
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