Saturday, September 2, 2017

How Deep Learning Will Unleash Robotics

How do you teach your robot to learn? This is the question that Sergey Levine, an assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley is trying to answer.

“One of the most important things is that you have to somehow communicate to the robot what it means to succeed,” Levine said in a conversation with AI Podcast host Michael Copeland. “That’s one of the most basic things …You need to tell it what it should be doing.”

During Levine’s research, he explored reinforcement learning, in which robots learn what functions are desired to fulfill a particular task. He’s also quick to point out that it’s important that the robots don’t just repeat what they learn in training, but understand why a task requires certain actions.