Monday, January 17, 2022

NVIDIA Introduces Platform to Create AI Avatars

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — NVIDIA unveiled a platform for generating interactive artificial intelligence (AI) avatars.

Omniverse Avatar connects the company’s technologies in speech AI, computer vision, natural language understanding, recommendation engines, and simulation technologies, according to the company last month.

Avatars created in the platform are interactive characters with ray-traced 3D graphics that can see, speak, converse on a wide range of subjects, and understand naturally spoken intent, NVIDIA said.

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Omniverse Avatar “opens the door” to the creation of AI assistants that are customizable for various industries. The AI assistants could help with the “billions” of daily customer service interactions — such as restaurant orders, banking transactions, and making reservations — leading to “greater business opportunities and improved customer satisfaction.”

Omniverse Avatar is part of NVIDIA Omniverse, a virtual world simulation and collaboration platform for 3D workflows in open beta with over 70,000 users.

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The offering’s technologies are composed into an application and processed in real-time using the NVIDIA Unified Compute Framework. 

Packaged as scalable, customizable microservices, the skills can be securely deployed, managed, and orchestrated across multiple locations by NVIDIA Fleet Command.

“The dawn of intelligent virtual assistants has arrived,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. 

Omniverse Avatar combines NVIDIA’s foundational graphics, simulation, and AI technologies to “make some of the most complex real-time applications ever created,” Huang said.

“The use cases of collaborative robots and virtual assistants are incredible and far reaching,” Huang said.

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