This video of a robot making coffee could signal a huge step in the future of AI robotics. Why?

Figure-01Most robots are preprogrammed to perform specific functions, but Figure’s humanoid Figure 01 machine — that learns by watching and corrects its own mistakes — might upend the field.

A robotics company has released a video purporting to show a humanoid robot making a cup of coffee after watching humans do it — while correcting mistakes it made in real time. In the promotional footage, Figure.ai’s flagship model, dubbed “Figure 01”, picks up a coffee capsule, inserts it into a coffee machine, closes the lid and turns the machine on.

Although it’s unclear which systems are operating under the hood, Figure has signed a commercial agreement with BMW to provide its humanoid robots in automotive production — announcing the news Jan. 18 in a press release.

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