LIVE: How To Train Your Robot;  Littman Talks About the Future of Machine Programming

Saturday, July 15, 2017


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Michael Littman

Michael Littman, Ph.D, Co-Director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (HCRI) at Brown University, says he believes we’ll have “teachable” robots within our lifetime, if not very soon. 

Instead of programming robots using computer code, Littman is currently working on the concept of teaching robots, much like you would train a pet. 

At HCRI, Littman says they are working on programs that will make the machine change it’s behavior based on a positive and negative reward system. 

Littman predicts  first round of “teachable” robots and machines will be very simple. He explains scientist will continue to learn how to make people’s lives better through technology and the technology will continue to get better. 

Littman works in reinforcement learning at HCRI and has experience in machine learning, computer networking, game theory and computer solving of analogy problems. He is a computer science professor at Brown University.  


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