New AI Benchmarks Introduced by Stanford University

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to be one of the major players in our society. We are now at a stage where AI can be used to automate and manage services and functions that, previously, required human input. The use of robotics to help automate everyday key aspects of production, manufacturing, and more is very exciting. However, it is still an industry in relative infancy and, as such, not enough is known about what will happen moving forward.

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Thanks to the research staff at Stanford University, though, things are changing. They have introduced a new AI benchmark, called BEHAVIOR, that would allow for the use of around one hundred typical household activities. From cooking a meal to cleaning and maintaining appliances, this could be used in everything from our day-to-day households to ecological environments and virtual worlds.

Embodied AI is a highly intriguing aspect of the industry, involving the development of bespoke machines that have a virtual – or physical – embodiment. This means that we could have AI machines, such as robots, out cleaning our environment or interacting with issues in our world.

Dr. Fei-Fei Li is behind the project, and she and her co-authors believe that this exciting new AI experience could be vital to competing against the challenges that we face in the real world today.

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New goal conditions helping to take AI to the next level

The main benefit of this new benchmark for embodied AI is the ability to put this to good work in real-life situations. Around 100 key activities have been outlined, as mentioned above, and these will be used to help develop a series of solutions that can be used for key day-to-day practices.

This is extremely exciting, and further proof that AI is moving beyond an industry in its infancy to something we could genuinely see benefiting our species for years to come. While the natural fears about what AI will eventually bring to the table are still present, this is a clear example of how we could use AI to achieve tasks that humans cannot – or will not – do on their own.

Used the right way, AI could literally help us to undo some of the major damage that we have done to our planet and our people. If used correctly, it could be essential to the progress and improvement of humanity.