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CES 2019 Day Two – The Rise of Reinforcement Learning Robotics

Gartner 10 Jan 2019 04:11

by Werner Goertz  |  January 10, 2019  |  2 Comments

In my previous blog (see: https://blogs.gartner.com/werner-goertz/2018/12/21/expect-incremental-innovation-not-disruption-consumer-electronics-show-ces-2019/) I argued that value creation from hardware is becoming subordinated to that created by ecosystems and AI. Nowhere is this more manifest than in personal robotics: for many years, CES has shown plenty of toy robots, many for children’s education and entertainment. The expected democratization of reinforcement learning will open new value creation in retail, hospitality, logistics, and of course, personal use cases.

Samsung’s suite of mechanical helpers is not an yet an example of adaptive reinforcement learning AI, but its concept announcement is indicative of what to expect:

– Bot Care is an entry point into robotics-enabled personal care systems that can be extended into remote healthcare and elder care ecosystems

– Bot Retail offers an additional interactive service channel for enterprises such as restaurants, some of which are exploring omni-channel UIs and delivery modes (see Panera Breads, for example)

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