Huge retail warehouse market seen for the Sort system, made by Canada’s Kindred Systems Inc. The man-machine hybrid features a robot arm and a grasping technology powered by reinforcement learning and, yes, that means it learns from humans
“SenseAct is an important new step in machine learning research on robots, enabling consistent and reproducible results on physical robots for the first time. It will establish a standard that may greatly accelerate machine learning research on physical robots, pushing reinforcement learning to a new level of performance just as large standard data sets have for supervised learning,” said Richard S. Sutton, professor of Computing Science and AITF Chair in Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence at University of Alberta.
Called the "Wizard of Oz" technique or pseudo-AI, the practice of silently using humans to make up for the shortcomings of AI algorithms sheds light on some of the deepest challenges that the artificial intelligence industry faces.
Our Head of AI Research, James Bergstra, PhD weighs in on the topic.