August 30, 2023
Microsoft is set to create GPT-controlled robots, in a collaboration with Doosan Robotics and Doosan Digital Innovation.
The new design would use the language model to give collaborative robots (cobots) a more nuanced understanding of tasks, and greater context awareness.
Once integrated into the cobot design, GPT would allow the robots to follow voice commands, self-correct mid-operation, and adapt actions based on the context.
By using a pre-installed database of code, the new system would also mean the robots won’t need pre-programming, instead pulling from the database to identify the best way to complete the task at hand.
The partnership was formalized with a memorandum of understanding, granting Doosan Robotics access to Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service to create the GPT-based robot control system.
Doosan Digital Innovation will adapt the model to be used in Doosan’s robots.
The news comes as Doosan has just opened its books for an initial public offering (IPO) worth as much as $318 million. According to the filing, the IPO will run internationally from Aug. 28 to Sept. 15, and run domestically from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15.
Doosan’s pipeline of cobots ranges in applications from industrial manufacturing and maintenance to hospitality, such as food and beverage preparation. Last year, the company announced the opening of its U.S. headquarters, as part of its goal of expanding into American markets.
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