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ChatGPT Gives Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog a VoiceChatGPT Gives Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog a Voice

In demonstrations, Spot answered questions on its battery level and mission status

Scarlett Evans

April 28, 2023

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Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot has been gifted the power of speech after AI researchers integrated it with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google text-to-speech capabilities.

The trials were undertaken by Levatas, an AI company that works with Boston Dynamics to give robots enhanced cognitive abilities. According to the company, the ultimate goal of the trials was to transform complex data into information easily understood by humans. 

In a video demonstration, Spot was shown answering questions on its physical position and battery level, as well as mission-specific questions such as, "Spot, how many inspections in your next mission?" or "Describe your last mission."

“Each mission uses miles-long, hard-to-understand configuration files. Only technical people can handle them,” said Levatas AI expert Santiago Valdarrama in a Tweet. “We can now ask the robots about past and future missions and get an answer in real time. ChatGPT interprets the question, parses the files and formulates the answer. Massive upgrade!”

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Last year, Levatas raised $5.5 million for its work developing cognitive intelligence for robots working in industrial spaces. The company's platform and inspection models are already deployed at Boston Dynamics’ for Spot’s data capture capabilities.

“The Levatas team develops machine learning models that enable the robot to respond to complex tasks based on visual data it collects,” said Tim Dykstra, Boston Dynamics’ director of strategic partnerships. “Together, we can continuously monitor industrial assets to predict failures earlier and prevent unplanned downtime."

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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