OpenAI, Elon Musk’s (Tesla Motors CEO) $1 billion artificial intelligence playground has turned its attention to a new project, to create their own domestic robot. It’s every homeowner’s dream come true if they can make it a reality.
A kind of test
According to the nonprofit research group behind the project, the overarching goal of creating such a robot isn’t to get humans out of doing their chores—as cool as that is—rather, they view it as a kind of test to determine whether artificial intelligence technology is progressing in the right direction. In other words, they want to make sure they can create an artificially intelligent machine that won’t try to kill us and figured they’d start by creating a robot that could do our chores for us.
Machines that do our cleaning for us are nothing new. Dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers have been doing that for years. Even ovens have a self-cleaning function these days. Then there’s the Roomba which runs around like a thing possessed keeping our floors spotless. The difference between these machines and the one OpenAI wants to create is that all of these machines we’re already using can only do one thing, and they don’t think, they merely perform the one function they were programmed to do. The robot they’re planning would be a “general purpose” robot, one that could “think” about which chores need to be done and set about doing them in the most efficient way possible, so basically Rosie from the Jetsons.
OpenAI sees this project as just one small step to creating truly intelligent machines. If it’s a success they’ll turn their attention to the bigger problems facing humanity.
Source: The Independent