Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic right now. This is not least due to the impressive chatbot ChatGPT. At the same time, it has opened the race of the big tech companies in the field of AI. Now it’s Google’s turn. Together with the TU Berlin, the tech giant from Silicon Valley has now presented its Palm E robot. This is supposed to be convincing not only on an intellectual level, but also on a practical one. A robotic arm makes it possible.
Collaboration between Google and TU Berlin
With Palm-E, Google and the TU Berlin have presented a joint project. This is the artificial intelligence that the tech company has set up in collaboration with the university. The focus is on a so-called multimodal anchored visual language model (VLM). In collaboration with a robotic arm, the AI should be able to perform practical work in response to voice commands. The tech giant states that Palm-E should be able to process even complex commands. For example, if you want to be served a snack, a request like “Bring me the rice chips from the drawer” will work. The really new thing is that you don’t have to feed Palm-E with a lot of data in advance.
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Instead, this should be able to work much more autonomously than is the case with previous models. The autonomy is also evident in the response to changing circumstances. In one experiment, one of the researchers placed the bag of rice chips in a different location. Palm-E responded by collecting the snack bag at the new location. Here, the AI benefits from integrated cameras that help it interpret the environment. Through the concept of machine learning, Palm-E then steadily gets to know its environment better. After all, the integrated sensors in the form of cameras and voice control are constantly picking up new impressions of the environment.
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Palm-E is just one example
If you look around the artificial intelligence field, there’s a lot going on right now. On the one hand, there are solutions such as ChatGPT, which score particularly well in the field of texting. On the other hand, AI experts are currently working on artificial intelligences that are supposed to make life easier in interaction with robots. In the long term, this could be a real game changer, especially in the care sector. One can imagine a robotic arm like the one now presented by Google and the TU Berlin as a helping hand in one’s own four walls.
This could save elderly people in particular from having to walk around. If Google has its way, Palm-E in combination with a robotic arm will not only be used in people’s own homes. It could also be used in industry. The big difference to previous robotic arms would be the reaction to a changed position, as the test setup with the changed position of the chip bag makes clear. The makers behind ChatGPT are also currently working on using their own AI with the support of a robot, by the way.