ChatGPT has demonstrated to the world its ability to quickly answer all kinds of questions, write posts for social networks, articles and even books. Now they are trying to teach a chatbot to control robotics: for example, a home robot assistant or even a drone.
Microsoft quickly responded to the popularity of ChatGPT – it is now successfully integrated into the Bing search engine, and will soon appear in the Edge browser and the corporation’s office products. Microsoft is rumored to have spent more than $10 billion investing in chatbot developer OpenAI startup, so it plans to get as much out of ChatGPT as possible.
Currently, the company’s researchers are testing ChatGPT on robotic equipment and visually demonstrating how AI can control a mechanical arm or even a drone. The team says it’s looking into ways to improve human interaction with the robots so they can respond to our commands using the code that ChatGPT has created for them.
“Well, wouldn’t it be great to say to a robotic assistant, ‘Please warm up my lunch,’ and it would find a microwave oven on its own?” Although language is the most intuitive form of expressing our intentions, we rely on handwritten code to control robots. We will try to change this with ChatGPT”, – they write on the Microsoft page.
ChatGPT is a language model trained on a large amount of text and human interactions, which allows it to generate realistic answers to any question (although not always true). The key task of the new research is to teach the chatbot to solve tasks based on the user’s request, the laws of physics and the context of the robot’s operating environment.
During one phase of the experiment, the chatbot was given access to functions that could be used to control a real drone, and it turned out to be an extremely useful interface that connected the user with the robot. For example, ChatGPT asked clarifying questions when the instructions were not very clear, and successfully wrote complex code structures for the drone – for example, asking it to perform a zigzag flight to visually inspect the shelves. Oh, and he learned how to take a selfie.
ChatGPT also skillfully manipulated the robotic arm by writing the code to assemble the blocks. Later, the chatbot combined its textual and physical skills to create the Microsoft logo—it was able to recall what the logo looked like by consulting its own database, draw it as SVG code, and then analyze what skills the robot would use to form the required shape and give it appropriate command.