New robot can read human mind to fix its mistakes

Imagine a scenario in which a robot piling boxes in a warehouse and it suddenly finds that one of the boxes has been put in the wrong place. It suddenly returns and puts that box in the right place. In short, the robot finds on its own that it made a mistake and automatically corrects that mistake.

That unbelievable scenario is possible with a new technology developed by a team of scientists from Boston University and MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

The researchers claimed to have developed a brain-controlled robot. CSAIL Director Daniela Rus explained that the new robot is based on new algorithms that enable the machine to monitor brain activity of a human for specific signals.

The researchers said that their aim is to make robotic machines a more natural extension of humans to enhance the human-robot relationship.

Frank Guenther, a professor of neuroscience at Boston University, said, "The process brings us one step closer to seamless interaction between robots and humans. I think it will allow humans to easily interact with multiple robots."

The technology enabling a robot to detect a mistake by catching a fairly robust brain signal outside the person's scalp will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation in Singapore in May.