The mechanical servers, shown to reporters in action last week, embody a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that paves the way for versatile robots that are as easy to control as those that perform unique and structured tasks like vacuuming or standing guard.
Google robots are not ready to market. They only perform a few dozen simple actions, and the company has yet to give them the consumer-familiar “OK, Google” call feature.
Although Google says it is pursuing development responsibly, adoption could ultimately be stalled due to concerns such as bots becoming surveillance machines or being equipped with chat technology that can give answers. offensive, as Meta Platforms Inc and others have expressed it over the past few years.
Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc are pursuing comparable research into robots.
“It will be some time before we can really get a clear picture of the direct business impact,” said Vincent Vanhoucke, senior director of robotics research at Google.
When asked to help clean up a spill, the Google bot recognizes that taking a sponge is a doable response and more sensible than apologizing for creating the mess.
Bots interpret naturally expressed commands, evaluate possible actions based on their abilities, and plan smaller steps to fulfill the request.
The chain is made possible by infusing robots with linguistic technology that draws its understanding from the world of Wikipedia, social media, and other web pages. Similar AI is the basis for chatbots or virtual assistants, but has never been applied to robots so widely before, Google said.
The company disclosed its efforts in a research paper in April. The incorporation of more sophisticated linguistic AI since then has increased the success rate of bots on orders from 61% to 74%, according to a blog post from the company published on Tuesday.
Everyday Robots, a subsidiary of Alphabet, designs the robots which, for now, are limited to providing snacks for employees.