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Are robots about to take over the world? Maybe not yet, but researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a system similar to Amazon Alexa called ComText that allows robots to respond to commands. Examples include picking up and placing down objects. Once the robot learns these commands, the user can then update the robot with more commands, according to MIT.

Comtext was tested on a two-armed humanoid robot named Baxter and successfully followed commands about 90 percent of the time.

The researchers hope that robots will be able to understand more complicated requests in the future.

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ComText allows robots to understand contextual commands such as, “Pick up the box I put down.” (Credit: Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL)
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