JUN 14, 2018 02:11 PM PDT

Video: MIT Trains AI to Clean House

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

MIT researchers are training virtual AI agents to complete helpful tasks and chores around a virtual home, with the possibility of using the same method to train physical robots in the future. In a 3-D world reminiscent of the Sims video game, the agents carry out tasks like making coffee, retrieving objects and using a TV remote.

The system is called “VirtualHome” and is described in a paper called “VirtualHome: Simulating Household Activities via Programs,” which will be presented at the  June 2018 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, or CVPR, conference in Salt Lake City.

The virtual robots were trained in about 3,000 activity programs, wherein each task is broken down into sub-programs. The artificial agent can carry out 1,000 of the actions in eight different rooms, according to MIT News.

“Describing actions as computer programs has the advantage of providing clear and unambiguous descriptions of all the steps needed to complete a task. These programs can instruct a robot or a virtual character, and can also be used as a representation for complex tasks with simpler actions,” MIT PhD student and Lead Author Xavier Puig said.

About the Author
  • Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech and conservation.
You May Also Like
DEC 14, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 14, 2019
It's True, Elephants Are Highly Intelligent Animals
If you’re ever asked what the world’s smartest animal is, then the humble elephant should certainly come to mind. These incredible beasts have...
DEC 14, 2019
Earth & The Environment
DEC 14, 2019
Yale Scientists Solve Mass Extinction Mystery
Scientists from Yale University have solved a mystery that has plagued scientists for decades. It’s well established that 66 million years ago, a mas...
DEC 14, 2019
Space & Astronomy
DEC 14, 2019
New Technologies Are Headed for the International Space Station
Space is hard, and for that reason, researchers are always trying to come up with new ways to make it easier. One of the best places for new technologies t...
DEC 14, 2019
Earth & The Environment
DEC 14, 2019
Study Confirms Hurricanes are Getting Much Worse
If it seems like hurricanes have become more destructive in recent years, it’s because they have. Thanks to a new damage-framing method accounting fo...
DEC 14, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 14, 2019
How a Rattlesnake's 'Rattle' Works
Rattlesnakes are one of the most discernible snakes in the animal kingdom, not only because of their appearance, but also because of how they shake their t...
DEC 14, 2019
Space & Astronomy
DEC 14, 2019
The Air Force's X-37B Plane Spent 780 Days in Space, But Why?
The United States Air Force regularly conducts top-secret missions and science experiments on behalf of the federal government. One of the military branch&...
Loading Comments...