1X Technologies has confirmed a breakthrough in teaching skills to its human-like (android) robots.

The company announced that its robot named EVE can now take more actions thanks to special neural networks, which allow the bots to learn by watching videos of people doing activities. From this, EVE learns to copy the activities on its own, without needing complex programming.

The Norway-based humanoid robotics firm, backed by OpenAI, designs androids to “work alongside people, to meet the world’s labor demands” but it assures of their safety credentials by testing every android in real-world scenarios before they’re deployed.

1X lauded the capabilities of its robots, sharing details on various learnings installed through data.

The actions in the video above are all controlled by a single vision-based neural network, emitting at 10Hz. The network absorbs a range of imagery to issue commands to control the driving, arms, gripper, torso, and head. That is all. There are no graphics installed, no video speedups, no teleoperation, and no computer graphics.

Everything is controlled via the neural networks, with full autonomy, operating at 1x speed.

Next generation

Thirty EVE robots were used to put together a top-rated, diverse dataset of demonstrations, to generate the behaviors. The data is then taken to train a “base model” to identify a range of physical behaviors, from standard human tasks such as tidying homes, picking up objects, and interacting with other people (or robots).

The model is further manipulated for more specific capabilities (for example, opening a door) then drilled down further (open this type of door) with the strategy allowing for the onboarding of additional, related skills within minutes of training and data collection on a desktop GPU.

1X celebrated the achievements of its android operators, representing the next generation of “Software 2.0 Engineers” who have expressed robot advances through data, not by writing code.

The company believes its ability to teach robots is no longer restricted by the number or availability of AI engineers, resulting in flexibility and choices to meet customer demand.

Image: 1X

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