Innovation

The robots with their brains in the cloud

Storing a robot’s brain in the cloud rather than in its head allows it to learn faster and perform better, technology company CloudMinds said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday (February 25). Stuart McDill reports.

BARCELONA, SPAIN (REUTERS / CLOUDMINDS) – XR-1 making coffee for guests at Mobile World Congress.

The humanoid robot controlled by CloudMinds combination of artificial intelligence and human operators – linked together by high speed connectivity.

The company says cloud control is the way ahead for super smart robots.

BILL HUANG, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CLOUDMINDS,

“If we build a cloud robot then we can build a robot as intelligent as we can get, to be as close to human intelligence.”

CloudMinds says the XR-1 – here threading a needle – is the first humanoid service robot powered by cloud computing

They say humanoid robots need their brain power kept in the cloud to avoid the limitations of the size of a small robot.

MELISSA HE, VP OF MARKETING, CLOUDMINDS, SAYING:

“The whole idea is that our cloud brain, the platform the we’re developing is called HARIX. It’s human intelligence augmenting artificial intelligence. It is an ever evolving brain that will empower the devices, the robots, to become smarter.”

The company says XR-1 can serve as a concierge, receptionist or even an elderly care assistant.

If the robot is unsure how to follow an instruction, control is transfered to a human cloud robot trainer assistant – and all robots on the platform benefit from each learning opportunity.

BILL HUANG, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CLOUDMINDS,

“Everything it does is recorded in the cloud and the data can be fed back to the training of the algorithm to make the algorithm better. And let’s hypothetically say you’ve a million robots working at the same time. For every single one robot will learn something, the other 999,999 robots can get the knowledge right away.”

CloudMinds says their vision is a helpful, affordable, humanoid robot in most family households by 2025.


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  • Cloudminds
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  • Mobile World Congress
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  • Robotics
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