Google Shows AI Robots Using Voice Commands to Get Soda and Snacks

 Google Shows AI Robots Using Voice Commands to Get Soda and Snacks

Google is merging actual robot eyes and arms with virtual chatbot intelligence and language abilities to make it easier for employees to get Coke and chips from breakrooms. The mechanical waiters, which were demonstrated to reporters last week, represent an artificial intelligence breakthrough that paves the way for multifunctional robots that are as simple to handle as those that do single, organized jobs like vacuuming or standing guard.

The company's robots are not yet available for purchase. They only do a few dozen simple things, and the corporation hasn't yet given them the "OK, Google" summoning feature that users are accustomed to.

While Google claims to be pursuing development responsibly, adoption may eventually halt due to issues such as robots becoming surveillance machines or being outfitted with chat technologies capable of providing unpleasant answers, as Meta and others have experienced in recent years.

Microsoft and Amazon are both conducting robot research.

"It'll be a while before we get a strong handle on the immediate business consequence," said Vincent Vanhoucke, senior director of Google's robotics research.

When asked to assist in cleaning up a spill, Google's robot recognizes that grabbing a sponge is a more practical and rational answer than apologizing for making the mistake.

The robots understand normally spoken orders, analyze potential actions against their capabilities, and plan smaller steps to complete the request.

The chain is made feasible by instilling language technology in the robots, which gathers understanding of the world from Wikipedia, social media, and other websites. Similar AI powers chatbots and virtual assistants, but Google claims it has never been used to robots on this scale before.

In April, it revealed the initiative in a research report. According to a corporate blog post on Tuesday, including more advanced language AI since then has increased the robots' command success rate to 74% from 61%.

The robots are designed by Alphabet subsidiary Everyday Robots and will initially be limited to retrieving refreshments for staff.

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