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Sangbae Kim, MIT associate professor of mechanical engineering, buildsanimal-like robots for use in disaster response.

“There’s an endless sea of innovations happening these days.” New developments in artificial intelligence robot technologies just soared on top of the list of many organizations.

The statement was made by entrepreneur and Lux Capital Partner Bilal Zuberi at Hardwired NYC, a forum held last December that explored frontier technology and emerging computing platform. In the coming days and months, there are also slated events that will surely unravel a wide array of tech innovations, among which are new AI bots.

They will be more than your run-of-the-mill cutesy but helpful vacuuming companions or the meet-and-greet types at retail stores.The new wave of AI robots may actually save lives.

A study developed by a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in the journal Learning presented how artificial intelligence robot technology can search for new drug compounds without having to go through the lengthy simulations done by humans.

How it does so, without going through the tiresome simulations, can be explained by deep learning.

Smart Learning That Can Have a Big Impact

Deep learning utilizes large simulated neural networks. It has been proven indispensable in the training of robots to understand the contents of images, video, and audio, or to see, grasp, hear, and reason.

Deep learning will also be the approach that certain companies will use in developing robot technologies for their specific industries. The takeaway message is that the coming bots will be equipped with capabilities in navigating complex environments.Before robots are able to carry out important tasks that can help make human lives safer and easier, there is a

Before robots are able to carry out important tasks that can help make human lives safer and easier, there is a huge amount of human knowledge that still needs to be amassed. In the case of the robo-pharmacist, the artificial intelligence generative model used, was trained on 250,000 drug-like molecules.

Alán Aspuru-Guzik, part of the team of researchers that studied AI’s role in possibly searching for new drug compounds(and who leads a theoretical physical chemistry group in Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology), noted that the AI’s chemical knowledge will improve and its power increased, given more data.

AI Robots as First Responders

In other news, MIT’s innovative minds have announced in mid-December 2016 that they are in the process of creating animal-like robots, some of which can be first responders when disaster strikes.

Think of a facility or building where toxic gasses have leaked, and it is life-threatening to send people inside such a structure. In such cases, an AI robot can come to the rescue. In the scenario involving a toxic gas leak, the robot can close the valve inside the building.

We are truly living in interesting times. As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) tweeted, “Prepare for a whole new world of `whoa!’

Pedro Domingos, a professor at the University of Washington, could not have said it better in his book, The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World: “Machine learning is a powerful armory that you don’t want to be without.”

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