Video: AI cooking helpers robots are just around the corner

AI cooking help robots
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Home robots have long been envisioned (not just in movies) as helpful assistants that can tackle household chores like washing dishes, doing laundry, and cleaning. However, while robot capabilities have advanced, many home robots still struggle with more complex, creative tasks that require collaboration with humans.

Researchers at Cornell University may have cracked the code for enabling this type of advanced collaboration with their new system called MOSAIC (Modular Architecture for Situated AI & Coordination). MOSAIC allows home robots to assist humans with intricate multi-step tasks like cooking meals together.

The key innovation of MOSAIC is its ability to coordinate multiple robot helpers, interact through natural language, and work with an open-ended vocabulary of objects found in everyday homes. This modular architecture integrates different AI capabilities into a cohesive system.

In real-world experiments, the Cornell team demonstrated MOSAIC’s abilities by having it guide human users through various cooking recipes. The robots could direct users on each step, identify needed ingredients and cookware, and closely follow along to provide assistance.

While future work remains to perfect the technology, MOSAIC represents a significant step towards truly collaborative home robots. These intelligent robot helpers could one day make meal preparation and other complicated household tasks far easier through their ability to fluidly team up with human users.

As MOSAIC and similar systems continue advancing, the dream of having capable home robots lending an extra hand may soon become a reality in homes around the world.

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