Does a robot need to understand *why* it is performing a particular task? According to a recent article from the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics at the University of Birmingham (UK), the answer is yes: "Robots need to know the reason why they are doing a job if they are to effectively and safely work alongside people in the near future. In simple terms, this means machines need to understand motive the way humans do, and not just perform tasks blindly, without context." From handing a screwdriver to a coworker to handing a glass of water to a nursing home resident, "What is obvious to humans has to be programmed into a machine and this requires a profoundly different approach. The traditional metrics used by researchers, over the past twenty years, to assess robotic manipulation, are not sufficient. In the most practical sense, robots need a new philosophy to get a grip." techxplore.com/news/2019-08-robots-philosophy.html
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