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Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms

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The Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand holding a pen.

Artificial intelligence algorithms enable the Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand to manipulate objects the same ways humans do.

Credit: Shadow Robot Company

Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms developed by researchers at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) academic department of the U.K.'s University of Warwick enable the Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand to manipulate objects like humans do.

The Hand reproduces all of the degrees of freedom of a human hand.

The algorithms permit the Hand to learn how to coordinate movements and execute tasks such as throwing a ball and spinning a pen; the researchers said the algorithms can learn any task, as long as it can be simulated.

Said Warwick's Giovanni Montana, "The future of digitalization relies on AI algorithms that can learn autonomously, and to be able to develop algorithms that give Shadow Robot’s hand the ability to operate like a real one is without any human input is an exciting step forward.

From University of Warwick (U.K.)
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