(by MindMatters.AI) – Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics recently announced the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute, with more than US $400 million to start. Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert is to head it up, for the purpose of “creating future generations of advanced robots and the world’s smartest and most capable intelligent machines.”
Boston Dynamics, founded in 1992, is already famous for its robot dogs:
Raibert has bigger plans for smarter robots, as he detailed in a recent interview, as he told Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectum:
The new thing that’s clearly different from what Boston Dynamics is doing, is to make robots smarter, in the sense that they need to be able to look at the world around them and fundamentally understand what they’re seeing and what’s going on. Don’t get me wrong. This is currently science fiction, but I’ve learned that if you keep working on something like this long enough with enough resources, you may be able to make progress. So, I’d like to make a robot that you can take into a factory, where it watches a person doing a job, and figures out how to do that job itself. Right now, it takes a fleet of programmers even for simple tasks, and every new thing you want your robot to do is a lot of work. This has been clear for years, and I want to find a way to get past that. And I don’t think the lay public understands how stupid robots are compared to people—a person could come into my workshop and I could show them how to do almost any task, and within 15 minutes, they’d be doing it. Robots just aren’t anything like that…yet.
EVAN ACKERMAN, “BOSTON DYNAMICS’S FOUNDER THINKS CREATIVELY WITH $400 MILLION AI INSTITUTE” AT IEEE SPECTRUM (AUGUST 17, 2022)
The really interesting question is, is that just a matter of developing new technology? The human observer has an underlying psychology, which includes his own motives and goals and need to fit into a social structure he cares about. Can that be duplicated in a non-living, non-thinking entity? We shall see. Read Full Article >