Crowd Teaches Robot With Video Games

Crowd Teaches Robot With Video Games

Cornell researchers teach a robot simple human commands by playing a video game.

Kristina Denstitt
  • 27 june 2014

While scientists have created robots that look like humans, teaching a robot to think and respond like a human is a more challenging task. Even the most basic spoken command, such as “Heat a kettle of water on the stove”, has a slew of unspoken assumptions that are understood before the action is taken: the location of the kettle, whether it already contains water, how to turn the faucet on, and so on. In robotics, these complexities are usually handled by writing actions directly into a robot’s code, but this leaves anyone without advanced programming knowledge unable to interact with the robot.

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