Two research teams are developing new ways to communicate with robots and shape them one day into the kind of productive workers featured in the current AMC TV show HUMANS (now in second season).
Programming robots to function in a real-world environment is normally a complex process. But now a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University is creating a system that lets people correct robot mistakes instantly by simply thinking.
In the initial experiment, the system uses data from an electroencephalography (EEG) helmet to correct robot performance on an object-sorting task. Novel machine-learning algorithms enable the system to classify brain waves within 10 to 30 milliseconds.