ChatGPT being added to humanoid robot that can already make coffee

Baristas watch out: A robot that can already make coffee is soon to get the conversational skills of ChatGPT, according to an announcement from OpenAI and manufacturer Figure. Hannes P. Albert/dpa
Baristas watch out: A robot that can already make coffee is soon to get the conversational skills of ChatGPT, according to an announcement from OpenAI and manufacturer Figure. Hannes P. Albert/dpa

The creators of ChatGPT are working on bringing their AI chatbot to humanoid robots as part of a collaboration with start-up Figure, whose robots can walk upright and perform complex movements with mechanical hands - such as making coffee.

The announce came from US robotics manufacturer Figure, which in January announced a deal with BMW to supply robots for use in car production in the US state of South Carolina.

Figure recently shared a video of a robot prototype making a cup of coffee using a capsule machine - a process that involves fine movements such as gripping the capsule and inserting it into the machine.

According to Figure, the robot learnt to do this in 10 hours, and was able to correct the mistakes it made.

Rival manufacturer Boston Dynamics, which is now owned by the South Korean carmaker Hyundai, has also been working on humanoid robots for many years.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk is also having an upright-walking robot called Optimus developed at Tesla, the electric car manufacturer he runs.

Figure is working to bring its robots to commercial use as quickly as possible, company boss Brett Adcock said on Thursday. Former employees of Boston Dynamics and Tesla are also working at the company.

OpenAI's ChatGPT, which kicked off the hype surrounding AI just over a year ago, is trained, like its rival chatbots, on huge amounts of information and can formulate texts at the linguistic level of a human, write software code and summarize information.

Voices in various industries have been forecasting major shifts in everyday practices during the pending "AI era".