Musk’s new Artificial Intelligence platform OpenAI presented a new program that allows people to train robots entirely in Virtual Reality simulations.

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Open AI Has a New Algorithm for Learning

Open AI developed a new algorithm called ‘one-shot imitation learning’, it allows humans to only demonstrate a certain task in Virtual Reality for a robot to learn it.

The Artificial Intelligence system is powered by two neural networks. One of the neural networks takes pictures and determines the spatial position of objects in relation to the robot. The other neural network imitates the tasks performed by the human demonstrator by scanning and paying attention to the frames that tell the robot what it should do next.

“Last month, we showed an earlier version of this robot where we’d trained its vision system using domain randomization, that is, by showing it simulated objects with a variety of color, backgrounds, and textures, without the use of any real images.

Now, we’ve developed and deployed a new algorithm, one-shot imitation learning, allowing a human to communicate how to do a new task by performing it in VR. Given a single demonstration, the robot is able to solve the same task from an arbitrary starting configuration.”

This training system for AI’s is just a prototype, but being able to teach robots entirely in Virtual Reality simulation will allow researchers to train them for numerous complex tasks with no need for involving physical elements during the training. This technique will enable people to easily and safely handle extreme.

Source: Open AI

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