MIT Enabling Robots to Understand Commands in Context

Published by , September 4, 2017 2:00 am

( Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are making progress enabling robots to understand commands requiring contextual knowledge. The team created ComText (“commands in context”), an Amazon Alexa-like system.
While most machine learning focuses only on semantic memory (general knowledge), MIT believes that androids should have “different kinds of memory, just like people,” co-author and research scientist Andrei Barbu said. So the team is training its computer to retain personal facts, or episodic memory—an object’s shape, size, position, type. This adds another layer of intelligence, and allows ComText to reason, infer meaning, and respond to commands.

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