Meet Blue, a new low-cost, human-friendly robot conceived and built by a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Blue was designed to use recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and deep reinforcement learning to master intricate human tasks, all while remaining affordable and safe enough that every artificial intelligence researcher — and eventually every home — could have one.
Blue is designed to function in an environment where mistakes are made in order to learn from them. As such, the robot is highly sensitive to feedback, always adapting the amount of force it exerts at any given time.Blue’s durable, plastic parts and high-performance motors total less than $5,000 to manufacture and assemble.
Its arms, each about the size of the average bodybuilder’s, are sensitive to outside forces — like a hand pushing it away — and has rounded edges and minimal pinch points to avoid catching stray fingers. Blue’s arms can be very stiff, like a human flexing, or very flexible, like a human relaxing, or anything in between.