Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Google will use robots to clean and separate garbage in its offices

Google's offices will be cleaned and separated by robots.

 

Garbage robot

The machines were built by Alphabet, which is relying significantly on robotization in its headquarters to increase employee productivity and concentration. They want to create industrial robotics software that allows robots to execute "unstructured" activities.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is committed to making its staff more productive, so they've tried a variety of unconventional approaches throughout the years to create the greatest possible working environment. Google's offices create a comfortable and creative environment, with everything from nap rooms to slides and ball pits. Now, Alphabet is bringing robots into Google's offices to handle cleaning and other jobs, in a move that is more futuristic than modern.

The Everyday Robots division built the robots, which have wheels and multi-purpose arms to accomplish their tasks. They also have "heads" on top of their "body" with artificial vision cameras and sensors, as well as a spinning unit for navigation.

The assistants have been around since 2019, when Alphabet deployed a hundred replicas in some of its offices, but they will now be brought to Google's, which are much larger and have a presence in multiple locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, posing a tougher problem.

What are the capabilities of these adorable robots? The functions they currently have are to clean tables and floors, collect and segregate waste, position chairs in place, and open doors, according to Hans Peter Brndmo, the subsidiary's head of robotics.

The robots in this project can transfer functions flawlessly at the same time. "The same robot that sorts rubbish can sweep with a broom, grasp glasses from a table with its gripper, and turn a door handle," Brndmo explained.

More than 20,000 Alphabet employees work in Mountain View (about an hour's drive south of San Francisco), however the vast majority of them continue to work from home since the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic was proclaimed last year.

Robots that move independently and do human-like duties, like as waiting tables in restaurants or delivering food to homes, are becoming more prevalent, and several companies have already devoted themselves to developing and selling them to other businesses and individuals.

The goal of this project is to keep personnel focused on their tasks as much as possible, rather than being distracted by tiny activities like those that the robots will now perform. As a result, Google will create offices where machines and humans can cohabit.

Alphabet, on the other hand, spent four months "training" its robots in order to achieve this. It decided to let them come and go freely around its own facilities after multiple testing so that the algorithms might learn the duties. In a single day, artificial intelligence perfected all of the machines in the duties that were assigned to them.

Machine learning is supposed to let robots operate in "unstructured" situations like homes and offices. However, this is a challenging goal to fulfill because, so far, robots in industries or homes have only performed simple, repetitive chores. "Everyday Robots lives on the edge of Moravec's paradox," according to the WIRED platform, "which claims that it is reasonably easy for computers to accomplish challenging cognitive work but devilishly difficult to imitate the activities of a two-year-old."

"We haven't solved all of robotics' toughest difficulties yet," Peter Brndmo commented on Twitter. "But we've made great progress, and our recent tests imply that we're one step closer to making science fiction a reality."

 Article Author Gerluxe Image: money.yahoo.com

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