#5 – Robots take over

Artificial intelligence just got freaky. A team of researchers at UC Berkeley demonstrated their robots can learn by trial and error, that’s more than we can say for some high school students. 

“The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won’t have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to learn all the different tasks we gave it.”

This means the robot learns on it’s own, by making mistakes and correcting itself.

“This uses an approach that allows an artificial neural network to extrapolate knowledge from a baseline, learning without needing the next layer of data to be programmed by a human.”

While we hear the Terminator theme music in our heads, we also love the idea that a robot could do the house work freeing up women to pursue other opportunities.

Fun tool for encouraging paranoia: sort by profession and then find the likelihood your job will be outsourced to a … robot.

“What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That’s because it’s ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it’s already happening.

Here’s a clip with the robot putting together a toy my three year old struggled with:

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