Many of the human jobs that Robots are expected to perform are yet not attainable as Robots are not able to recognize and handle common objects.
When we compare Humans and Robots, humans generally are able to do their basic work like folding socks or picking up a glass full of water. The only reason Human can perform its task easily is they have gone through a huge data collection process which is called as their Childhood. If we talk about Robots and expect them to perform a similar task, they also need to get access to such huge data to perform things. This data comes from programming called pain tasking.
The theory behind Tellex’s a computer science professor at Brown University says, the ultimate goal is to teach robots how to fold socks or pick up a glass of water and also allow other robots to analyze and use the same information.
Tellex along with her graduate student John Oberlin have gathered and are now sharing data on roughly 200 items, starting from very basic things as a child shoe’s, a plastic boat, etc. They also welcome other scientists to contribute their robot’s own data and they hope they will successfully build a library of information that will be available to all on how robots should handle objects and other million different things.
Once one particular machine is able to learn and perform the given task, it can pass the data to others, the other machine will upload the data, and that in return refine the instructions given to some other machine.
Many research Robots use the same standard framework for programming known as ROS hence projects like building up a library are possible and teaching other robots becomes simpler. The data, which will be generated here, is going to be of the size of just 5 to 10 megabytes.
With all the information stored on cloud and data becomes easily accessible for robots to perform their task, the robots should have access to all information they need to perform the task independently. At this point of time it seems too much to digest a robot able to perform such task but after a span of five years, this will actually happen.