Robotic Artificial Intelligence at your fingertips

13. Februar 2021, 0:05 Uhr | Inka Krischke
KIT, Reallabor Robotische Kuenstliche Intelligenz
KIT receives the "Robotic Artificial Intelligence" Real Lab

Making artificial intelligence tangible through humanoid robots - this is the goal of the 'Robotic Artificial Intelligence' real laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

From daycare centers and schools to museums, libraries and hospitals, the real laboratory aims to make artificial intelligence tangible for people in a variety of experiments and real-world environments. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science and Research is funding the real laboratory with 800,000 euros.

In the real laboratory, people can experience AI, embodied by humanoid robots, in several scenarios. In a new building of the Municipal Hospital, robots of the next generation of the humanoid ARMAR robots, which are based at KIT, will support clinical staff in the hospital and, for example, guide patients from the reception area to the respective wards. In the KinderUniversum, the KIT daycare center, for instance, robots will support children in learning foreign languages and in the city library they will be able to read to children. At the Goethe Gymnasium in Karlsruhe and at other Karlsruhe schools, children learn basic concepts of computer science and AI in a playful way. At KIT, robots are available to students from all over the world to conduct experiments with remotely. Finally, at the ZKM - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, humanoid robots will interact with visitors.

The first robots are expected to be in use during 2021, depending on the development of the Corona pandemic.

"The exchange of knowledge and experience goes both ways in a real lab: Research and application come together at eye level so that we can subsequently develop exactly the technologies that people really need and want," says Professor Tamim Asfour from the KIT Institute of Anthropomatics and Robotics and coordinator of the reallab. The goal, he says, is to develop concrete applications of robotic AI in practice with civil society participants and to explore their opportunities, but also their risks. "It's about making the potentials of robotic AI directly tangible and graspable for our society, but also demystifying them."

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