Reinforcement learning competition pushes the boundaries of embodied AI

In a recent development in embodied AI, scientists at IBM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University developed a new challenge that will help assess AI agents’ ability to find paths, interact with objects, and plan tasks efficiently. Titled ThreeDWorld Transport Challenge, the test is a virtual environment that will be presented at the Embodied AI Workshop during the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, held online in June.

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Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz creates startup Sun and Thunder to build synthetic beings

Former Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz has started a new company called Sun and Thunder to focus on AI characters and interactive storytelling. In an interview with GamesBeat, Abovitz said the company represents a fusion of technology, intellect, and art. The aim is to create “synthetic beings” and tell stories within worlds made possible by “spatial computing,” or the kind of mixed reality experiences that Abovitz has tried to create in his prior company Magic Leap. Abovitz will talk about his new startup today at our GamesBeat Summit: Into the Metaverse conference in a session entitled Notes From Our Science Fiction Future.

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Top business and technology trends in 2021

Let’s imagine customer experience in a post-Covid world. We should anticipate that the changes in consumer preferences and business models will outlast the immediate crisis. Once consumers acclimate to new digital or remote models, I expect some of them to change people’s expectations permanently — accelerating shifts already under way before the crisis.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 is an AI and computer vision powerhouse

Although Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip enabled the iPhone 12 family and iPad Air tablets to deliver impressive performance improvements, Qualcomm is making clear that the next generation of Android devices will rely heavily on advanced AI and computer vision processors to retake the performance lead.

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Resonai offers enterprises an AR-AI concierge for commercial buildings

Though humans historically provided concierge services for commercial buildings, guiding visitors to their destinations and answering questions, artificial intelligence and computer vision have advanced to the stage where fully digital alternatives can offer the same or better guidance. So Resonai is targeting enterprises with today’s launch of Vera Concierge, an augmented reality system that replaces any commercial location’s human help desk with a fully mobile, personalized AI assistant.

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TechSee raises $30 million to streamline field service work with AR and computer vision

TechSee, which describes itself as an “intelligent visual assistance” company, today closed a $30 million investment round led by OurCrowd, Salesforce Ventures, and Telus Ventures.

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Roomality uses AI to render window-sized 3D landscapes without glasses

Roomality uses AI to render window-sized 3D landscapes without glasses

Rendering a 3D world inside a VR headset is pretty easy at this point, and studios have been creating movie theater-scale 3D videos for years. Now a company called Roomality plans to use AI to deliver an immersively large 3D experience at home, without the need for glasses.

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