AI is used by robots to recognise the world around them. A Swedish inventor created a ChatGPT-powered robot in the hopes of demonstrating to the world that AI is not bad. There is no easy way to get through a divorce, but instead of focusing on work or binge-watching Netflix for weeks, one Redditor decided to divert their attention by learning to build a robot.
AI is used by robots to recognise the world around them
Rob is the result, an expressive hand-built bot brought to life with electronics and ChatGPT.
Although Rob isn’t quite ready to perform an elaborate parkour routine like Boston Dynamic’s terrifyingly impressive ATLAS, its creator, who goes by the Reddit username ‘MrRandom93,’ has already created a robot with an engaging personality that’s also capable of recognising and describing the world around it — just watch the video above.
Rob’s intelligence and responsiveness are enabled by interacting with the AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, which is built around a Raspberry Pi — an affordable but highly capable microcomputer — a rechargeable battery, servos to bring its head movements to life, touch sensors, and a small OLED screen displaying a pair of animated eyes.
The robot can answer inquiries, as seen in the brief interview with The Messenger at the top of this page. With the help of ChatGPT’s descriptive capabilities, the Raspberry Pi’s camera module can see the environment around it.
In one video, Rob is shown a vintage Nokia mobile described as a “digital device.” It’s a little imprecise, but it’s difficult to imagine a 10-year-old knowing what a vintage Nokia 3310 is.
MrRandom93 has been working on Rob on and off for several years, and while it began as a method to learn about robotics and coding, they now hope that Rob will serve as an entertaining example of how AI can be used for good, to help balance out other troubling applications of the technology.