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Artificial Intelligence turning homes into robots Updated: 2020-01-20 16:02:40 KST

Imagine walls that detect your mood and play a fitting song, and fridges that tell your oven to heat up your meal, without you having to utter a word.
Over the next decade, your home is set to grow smarter and smarter, becoming a connected hub of devices powered by artificial intelligence.
The smart home market is expected to grow by nearly 18 percent a year, to more than 141 billion U.S. dollars by 2023.
Tech products close to hitting the market were shown at the Consumer Electronics Show this month, including AI yoga mats and fridges that recognise the food they're storing to draw up shopping lists and recipes.

"With the constant improvement of machine learning, AI will evolve from simply learning your preferences and responding do your commands to actually anticipating your needs and actively working to improve your life in every aspect."

A research lab at Brown University, led by Stephanie Tellex, is already looking at this future.

"So our goal is to make complex autonomous robots that are capable of high level behaviors autonomously without a person, teleoperating them, and that are hopeful, that are useful to people that can do things for people that they care about to make their lives better."

Robotic arms today can help cook, clean, make drinks and help those with physical constraints reach and grasp objects in the house.
But they can only fulfil tasks they're programmed to do, or need to be controlled by a human.
So the challenge is, getting them to think and move on their own.
The lab is training a robotic arm to shut a microwave door on its own based on A.I. algorithms.

"Like if you drop the robot in a new house, all of the objects that encounters are going to be new. So it's going to have some idea of how to interact with them, but not the precise motor commands that will generate exactly the behavior at wants. So this is a way to generate a good initial guests at that behavior and then learn the rest of that behavior in an efficient way."

Tellex's lab is also working on ways to improve human-robot interaction, training AI to understand human language as well as non-verbal cues and gestures.
As various robots and devices become connected inside the home, the home itself is becoming a robot, accommodating us in new, intelligent ways.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.
Reporter : osy@arirang.com
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