Robots can now use YouTube to learn how to cook, just like you do. If the Terminator movie or robots in general freak you out, you might want to brace yourself for this story.
According to VentureBeat, researchers from the University of Maryland and the Australian research center NICTA have found a way for artificial intelligence to learn how to use tools by watching videos. The researchers plan to present their already-published paper at the 29th annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
The robots were trained to cook using YouTube with deep learning. Deep learning involves the use of training systems involving artificial neural networks and loads of information from images, sound, and other inputs. The systems put everything together and act accordingly.
The scientists say the robot created by the researchers could cook from the use of 88 videos of people cooking found on YouTube, according to RT. Once the robot took in all the information from the videos, it could come up with its own commands to cook the food on its own.
The researchers do not see a Terminator-type ending to their robotic revelation. Actually, it is not quite clear what type of ending the researchers see, other than a robot which can continuously teach itself from the internet.
“We believe this preliminary integrated system raises hope toward a fully intelligent robot for manipulation tasks that can automatically enrich its own knowledge resource by ‘watching’ recordings from the World Wide Web.”
The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, thinks that by advancing research in artificial intelligence, “we are summoning the demon,” and it could be “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” Physicist Stephen Hawking also thinks robots and artificial intelligence could be the end of humans.
“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”
While it is hard to think that a robot could defeat Chef Bobby Flay in a cook-off at the moment, it should be kept in mind that the U.S. Army’s project Shared Perception, Cognition and Reasoning for Autonomy did provide a grant for the robot YouTube cooking project, according to RT.
If that hasn’t got you thinking about robots taking over more than spatulas, you obviously have nothing to be worried about. Otherwise, you might want to watch a few YouTube videos on how to cook in survival mode and how to defeat robots who know how to do everything ever shown on the internet.