Robots Learning to Cook by Watching YouTube Videos

February 3, 2015 10:47 PM

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Robots Learning to Cook by Watching YouTube Videos

In the hierarchy of things that I want robots to do for me, cooking dinner is right up there with doing the laundry and driving my car. And writing all my articles. For now, the best we can do is just watch progress being made toward getting all of these things to work reliably (and affordably). We’ve seen plenty of examples of robots that can cook, but generally, they’re all following some level of pre-programmed instructions. Telling robots what to do and how to do it is one of the trickiest things about robotics, especially for end users, so it’s a good thing we can all just sit back and let them learn things by watching videos on YouTube.

The research we’re talking about here is from a paper titled, “Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by ‘Watching’ Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web.” The paper is really about visual processing: watching a human interacting with objects in a video, and then figuring out what that huma...

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