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  • 31 May 2013, 11:35

Robot knows when to pour you a beer

Researchers at a US university have unveiled a robot that can predict the actions of humans - and knows when to pour its owner a beer.

Scientists at Cornell University equipped the robot with a camera and a database of 3D videos outlining basic human activities to teach it appropriate responses to various actions.

The robot's prediction accuracy is at 82 per cent, researchers claim, and it can also learn from mistakes, reports the LA Times.

A video released by university researchers shows the Kodiak the robot opening a fridge door, and pouring a beer without being prompted.

Powered by 16 laptop batteries, the robot can also make breakfast, put food in the fridge and even tidy up, according to researchers.

Computer scientist Ashutosh Saxena said: "You can think about human activities as a document in which there is a basic alphabet of what people can do, and we sequence things together to do long-term activities.

"We all do very basic things, like move our arms, get up, hold something, eat something or drink something. Now we can put this together in a sequence to do a variety of things."