AI-DRIVEN ROBOTS – TEACHING ROBOTS
In the fast-evolving world of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), a new breakthrough has emerged. NVIDIA Research recently introduced “Eureka,” an AI agent powered by GPT-4, which can teach robots to perform various tasks using reward algorithms. This development marks a significant step towards more autonomous and capable robots.
Eureka’s capabilities are truly remarkable. It taught a robotic hand to perform pen spinning tricks just like a human can. Moreover, it has trained different types of robots, from quadrupeds to dexterous hands, cobot arms, and more, to carry out tasks like opening drawers, using scissors, and catching balls.
In total, Eureka has mastered nearly 30 different tasks. What makes this AI agent even more impressive is that its trial-and-error-based reward programs are 80 percent more effective than those designed by human experts. This means the robots it trains show over a 50 percent improvement in their performance.
NVIDIA Research has made its Eureka algorithms available to the public, encouraging others to experiment with them in NVIDIA Isaac Gym, a physics simulation reference application for reinforcement learning research.
Researchers at institutions like MIT and the University of Bristol are also making strides in using AI to teach robots how to manipulate objects, showcasing the potential of AI-driven learning in robotics.
As AI continues to advance, the collaboration between machines is transforming the landscape of robotics, promising more capable and adaptable robots that can learn from each other and from AI agents like Eureka. This is an exciting development that brings us closer to a world where robots can take on increasingly complex tasks with precision and efficiency.