Cornell researchers have built a robot that can understand natural language commands, while simultaneously revealing that the University doesn’t pay its graduate students enough to afford protein in their diet.
The Robot Learning Lab released two videos showing a robot translating casual commands to make Top Ramen and an ice cream sundae. The first video reveals how the robot translates language into logical connectives and the second shows an ice-cream-serving version sure to the make the powerful fro-yo union go cray cray.
The researchers have begun to crowdsource the intelligence of their algorithm with a website that asks users to make their own commands for the robot.
Natural language computing is one of the next frontiers in programming. Last Spring, Stephen Wolfram unveiled a new large scale project to develop a new computing language to advance the field of conversation-powered computing.
You can play the simulator here.