Using Artificial Intelligence to make robots smarter | GlobalShala

2 min readDec 3, 2020


Using Artificial Intelligence to make robots smarter

Robotics as a concept has been around since a while now. Today, we know robots as machines that we can use to our make work easier. However, we as consumers are evolving and so are our demand patterns. This has forced companies to rapidly evolve in order to remain competitive in the market. Experts suggest that most current robots will soon be outdated due to their inability to operate outside a highly controlled environment. The need of the hour is smart robots powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The basic idea of AI problem-solving is very simple, though its execution is complicated. First, the AI robot gathers facts about a situation through sensors or human input. The robot compares this information to stored data and decides what the information signifies. It then runs through the various possible actions and predicts which action will be most successful based on the collected information. However, the computer can only solve problems it’s programmed to solve. It doesn’t have any generalised analytical ability. Chess computers are an example of this sort of AI-robots.

Today, the real challenge of AI is to understand how natural intelligence works. Developing AI isn’t like building an artificial heart, scientists don’t have a simple, concrete model to work from. AI research is largely theoretical. Once this hurdle is overcome, robots will begin to play a larger role in our daily lives in the future. Their application will gradually move out of the industrial and scientific worlds and into daily life, in the same way, that computers spread to the home in the 1980s.

Peter Whitney, a professor of Engineering at Northeastern University, along with Robert Platt, a professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University, is working as a part of a team on the development of an AI-powered robot needed to perform autonomous tasks. Such a development could massively accelerate the growth of AI in sectors like healthcare and manufacturing.

Harman Singh

Originally published at