A robot has figured out how to use tools
New research shows that robots can figure out at least the rudiments of tool use, through a combination of experimenting and observing people.
Chelsea Finn, a researcher at Google Brain and postdoc in Berkeley's AI Lab, and Sergey Levine, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley, developed the robotic system together with several of Levine’s students.
The setup consists of an off-the-shelf robot arm that can be controlled by a person or a computer. It also includes a camera that sees the environment within reach of the arm—and, most important, a computer running a very large neural network that lets the robot learn.