Facebook Plans to Invest in Robots for AI Research


Google has done it, so has Nvidia, and now Facebook is in the game for improving AI research through robotics / Photo by: Pixabay via Pexels


Google has done it, so has Nvidia, and now Facebook is in the game for improving AI research through robotics.


According to a report by The Verge, it was only today that Facebook revealed that they will be looking into robotics as a way to further AI research. Why robots, though? Facebook knows that the future of robotics will become more tricky and complicated, and what better way to manage these complicated twists and turns than to hopefully test the limits of AI technology?


They have documents that support their initiative, as the company recently shared “details about a trio of papers” that were all concerned with innovative new ways in which robots can self-learn through the use of AI. Although it’s been clarified that this is not particularly new research (since other universities and labs have also jumped in on this), Facebook’s push will still contribute to the wider understanding of this sprouting technology.


If anything, it seems like Facebook has its eyes on the right things, setting goals up around real-world ideas with real-world implications.


This much is understood too by Facebook’s Antoine Bordes, co-managing director of the company’s artificial intelligence research labs. In agreement with Bordes, Facebook’s AI research lab’s (FAIR) Yann LeCun, a chief AI scientist, says that Facebook’s effort had been because they understood that the way forward for AI was moving ahead.


“It’s not just something you can jump into when it picks up.” LeCun said.


As Bordes tells Bloomberg News, “The great thing about robotics is that it takes place in real time, in the real world.”

For instance, just recently, they also released what’s called a Portal home video chat camera which went on to be used by filmmakers “to design the camera movements that frame users for each shot.”

Since it’s Facebook, the entire thing was embroiled in a privacy breach scandal as well, although good reviews have recently laid that paranoia to rest for now.