Don’t think that when they replace you at your job with a robot that it won’t be able to duck tape something together to keep it working. Or use a paper clip to open that lock or get that CD out that’s stuck in the CD ROM.
“Our goal is to develop a robot that behaves like MacGyver, the television character from the 1980’s who solved complex problems and escaped dangerous situations by using everyday objects and materials he found at hand,” said Stilman, an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. “We want to understand the basic cognitive processes that allow humans to take advantage of arbitrary objects in their environments as tools. We will achieve this by designing algorithms for robots that make tasks that are impossible for a robot alone possible for a robot with tools.”