When testing a robot in-the-wild, it is important to benchmark its efficiency against that of a human. Can the robot get things done in a human manor and does it function correctly? If not, there probably isn’t much of a real-world need for it.
In CNet’s Always On episode, Molly Wood goes to Willow Garage research lab in California to see how its PR2 robot performs in-the-wild as a sushi waiter.
Christopher MacManus of CNet explains that the robot who served Molly isn’t completely up to real-world efficiency yet:
“While the robot still lags slightly behind humans in efficiency — by the time it sets down the chopsticks, flowers, and other accoutrements, the sushi isn’t at its freshest — its never-ending evolution indicates that a world full of robot servants eventually await us.”
A world of robot servants sounds pretty neat, but there are some other obvious in-the-wild tests the sushi-serving robot will need to endure in order to improve.
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