Facebook says it’s using robots to help advance its work in artificial intelligence. The work is similar to the (mildly creepy) autonomous robot work going on at Boston Dynamics, but different in that Facebook is opening up its research to everyone in the field, a, Facebook researcher tells Fast Company. That’s why the company just released several research papers describing its work since last summer, when the robotics lab opened.
Facebook is trying to develop artificial intelligence models that will allow robots–including walking hexapods, articulated arms, and robotic hands fitted with tactile sensors–to learn by themselves, and to keep getting smarter as they encounter more and more tasks and situations.
Now Facebook is using robots to advance its work in artificial intelligence