It seems that robotic machines can cook pancakes. That is by simply following instructions given on WikiHow.
We all know about that wonderful site called WikiHow. It can teach anyone to develop anything. That is from cultivating a strong silent personality to preparing a mint mojito. The simple instructions can be followed with diligence.
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And you can create anything from character to a drink that is shaken and not stirred. It might seem odd but some robots are doing the same thing now. A German robot named PR2 can prepare pancakes and pizzas. And that too in a jiffy using WikiHow instructions.
WikiHow’s step-by-step directions come in handy. That is to make the flat tasty pancakes and open Italian pies that are pizzas. The project that has been started is called RoboHow. And it is concerned with teaching robots how to learn and understand language.
The ways to accomplish various tasks can be relayed to the robotic machines. And they in turn can perform them with style and precision. The robots are programmed to just do the job to the best of their abilities.
In fact, a person can give the robot instructions and it will follow the guidelines to the letter. The carrying over from description to prescription and performance is a backbreaking task. And that too both in robotics and AI.
Yet the most incomprehensible thing about it is that it is comprehensible. Human beings are having a neurological circuitry that is termed “wet-ware”. And it can get many things done from exploring the depths of the world’s oceans to landing a man on the moon.
Our experiences are built up in codes that get encapsulated in the form of culture. Human beings are on automatic pilot for most of the things they do in everyday life. But a robot has to literally start from scratch.
RoboHow plans on instructing robots in among other things, general knowledge and task-specific know-how. So far only very few WikiHow instructions have been practically accomplished by robots.
It is the finesse and fine-tuned nature of such ordinary human activities that make the robotic performance of them a virtual hell on earth. And what occurs on a simulated level often falls flat on its face when applied in reality.
There are the physical constraints and then there are the semantics that are involved in the plan. The science of robotics is actually at the same level in its nascent evolution as a four year old child.
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Like the little kid cannot assemble a LEGO toy without the help of an adult guide, a robot cannot do the same things as a human being. It still has a long way to go before it can even closely resemble human premeditated actions.