The importance of robotics is becoming increasingly influential as time goes by. They will only get better with the rise of artificial intelligence, and that makes us very excited for the future. Still, for robots to become the default workers of the new world, the system might require a full reboot.
Creating a robotic system that is able to think for itself and perform various actions at a faster rate than humans is no easy task. Therefore, a lot of changes are needed to get things up and running, and doing so isn’t easy due to how rooted humans are in the current structure.
Everything needs to change from the ground-up
The folks at Lab News believe the current way of doing things where robots are concerned, is too predictable. Furthermore, the publication believes the modeling approach is not viable in the real world.
Basically, as it stands right now, robots are designed with set rules that they must follow in order to perform simple tasks. Should these machines come across a situation that doesn’t fall under the specified rules, the chance of failure is very high.
You see, that’s why robots and artificial intelligence are still struggling to match and surpass humans because they are not capable of making their own decisions. Additionally, robots lack the ability to perceive the world outside of the confinements of what humans have programmed them to do.
The robots of today rely too much on computation and predictability to move forward, and that could become a major problem in the years to come.
Autonomous vehicles are a good example
Take the self-driving car for instance. You might not have realized, but fully autonomous vehicles that can perform without human input are indeed robots. Now, then these cars are on the road, they cannot make decisions in a similar manner to a human because they are programmed to take a number of actions into account before making decisions.
Should these vehicles become the norm, they would definitely fail in many real-world scenarios because of their lack of perception.
“When driving, we turn the steering wheel to maintain our perception of the car between the white lines. We don’t turn the wheel to a specific angle or by a specific amount, but rather until we perceive the car between the lines. There are many factors that can affect the heading of the car; wheel balance, [tire] pressures, rain, road surface and especially wind. And we don’t need to know anything about them as we simply counteract their combined effects on the perceived position of the car,” according to Dr. Rupert Young.
Bear in mind, most autonomous vehicles have been tested for a long period of time in a controlled environment, even when on a busy street.
Of course, we need to crawl before we can run, so certainly the world will move towards creating adaptive robots rather than what is available today and is bound to come in a few decades.
Nonetheless, creators must begin with rebooting how robots work from the basic level to prepare the industry for when these machines are able to adapt and make important decisions without having to rely on pre-programmed instructions.