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Robots could replace humans as nursing assistants: Study

Robots are capable to imitate human motions

Robots are capable to imitate human motions:- The next time you are visiting a hospital, do not be surprised if in any case you find robots as your new nursing assistants.

Robots are capable to imitate human motions as well as effectively as coordinate their actions with humans even with the surgeries, a research has found.

It can lead to improvements in safety during surgeries because unlike their human counterparts, robots do not get tired and can complete an endless series of precise movements.

However, the goal of the use of this technology is not to remove the human expertise from the operating room, but to further complement it with a robot’s particular skills and benefits, the researchers said.

“Although the robotic (co)workers and collaborators will definitely change the work market, but they won’t steal job opportunities. They will just allow us to decrease workload and achieve better performances in several tasks, from medicine to industrial applications,” said Elena De Momi from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy.

Robots are capable to imitate human motions
Robots are capable to imitate human motions

How was the study done?

In the study, the team has trained a robot to further imitate natural human actions.

The researchers have first photographed a human being while conducting numerous reaching motions, in a way similar to the handing instruments to a surgeon.

These photographs were input into the neural network of the robotic arm, which is very much crucial to controlling in movements.

Next a human operator has guided the robotic arm in further imitating the reaching motions that the human subject had initially performed.

Nearly around 70 per cent of the time that the actions of the robotic arms were “biologically inspired,” which has indicated that their neural networks had effectively learned to further imitate human behaviour, the researchers observed.

If robotic arms can indeed imitate the human behaviour, it would be necessary for building conditions in which humans and also robots can cooperate effectively in a high stress environments like operating rooms, the study concluded, in the paper which was published in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence).

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