If robots understand us, then we can work together.

In these febrile times when the risks of rampant AI development are being highlighted daily, it is nice to note an upbeat piece. Collaborative robots, or ‘cobots’, are one way forward. The kernel of the solution is that cobots are designed to understand our behaviour. They then adapt their behaviour to suit. Such understanding can take many forms. They can perceive our movements at lightening speed and adjust their own to avoid collision. Albeit with electrodes attached to our scalps, they can identify our potential ‘error-related’ behavioural patterns. They can recognise our facial expressions and adjust. The article is optimistic that this is the way forward. The point about machine learning is that one can never be quite sure.

Link to article: https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21726686-bots-factory-are-being-taught-how-behave-robots-work-people

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