If you can't remember where you left your keys, a robot powered by artificial intelligence could tell you they are or even bring them to you.
That's what Brown University's Human to Robot Lab is aiming to develop, training a small robot called Kuri to identify different objects and remember which ones are important.
"It's trying to extract contextual information. As you see, when a human is actually walking around in a surrounding, it doesn't remember everything."
Idrees is coding algorithms to create long-term memory for mobile robots, which are for now only capable of observing and working with their current surroundings.
""If you want to make robots mobile robots like Kuri, a more intelligent, you need to look at the past observations as well and that's why this long-term memory comes and it has, this has various applications. It can be used either in improving health monitoring of the elderly. It can be used as a personal assistant robot or it can even be used in surveillance."
The technology is expected to be used in robots designed to assist the elderly.
Those robots range from cute companion robots to functional ones that help prevent dementia.
This Korean tech firm at the Consumers Electronics Show brings the two attributes together with its robot Bomi.
Bomi interacts with its owner, and uses big data to provide customised cognitive training through games and activities, such as remembering shopping lists, to help prevent dementia.
The robot also reminds users to exercise and take their medicine at the right time.
Bomi is currently being tested by patients at various hospitals in Seoul.
As AI technology evolves, experts hope assistive robots will enable doctors to better diagnose and check up on elderly patients.
"We hope to improve the robots' features to actually detect and identify emergency situations or abnormalities and alert medical authorities immediately."
Nearly one in four people in the world will be aged 60 or older by 2050, double the number we see today.
The demographic trend is set to fuel demand for AI in elderly care, a market that's set to exceed five.five billion dollars by 2022.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News, Providence, Rhode Island.