Here are some of my notes from Ken’s awesome talk last week:
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The talk was centered on the advances in applications when robots can share information with each other via cloud computing. He is working on a “nominal grasp algorithm” which helps robots both identify objects and discover the best location to grasp the object. It uses “belief space” statistics which create probability distributions the shape of the object. Google image search also plays a role in this as robots can access that database to confirm what they are looking at.
A funny, yet hugely important point he made was: what happens when robots fail? Ken believes we will have human call centers to help robots through these situations and they will be able to download new data.
What about latency?
-on board processing is still important
He then went into the healthcare applications which are very exciting. Tele-surgery is one possibility where the world’s best surgeon can tele in to a surgery across the world, using a robot to follow his hand movements, another robot in the patient’s location could complete the actions.
They are still working out how a robot knows when to ask for help from a human?
To be continued….