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posted by hubie on Friday March 22, @09:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the I'm-sorry-Dave-I'm-afraid-I-can't-do-that dept.

In sci-fi films, the rise of humanlike artificial intelligence often comes hand in hand with a physical platform, such as an android or robot. While the most advanced AI language models so far seem mostly like disembodied voices echoing from an anonymous data center, they might not remain that way for long. Some companies like Google, Figure, Microsoft, Tesla, Boston Dynamics, and others are working toward giving AI models a body. This is called "embodiment," and AI chipmaker Nvidia wants to accelerate the process.

[...] To that end, Nvidia announced Project GR00T, a general-purpose foundation model for humanoid robots. As a type of AI model itself, Nvidia hopes GR00T (which stands for "Generalist Robot 00 Technology" but sounds a lot like a famous Marvel character) will serve as an AI mind for robots, enabling them to learn skills and solve various tasks on the fly. In a tweet, Nvidia researcher Linxi "Jim" Fan called the project "our moonshot to solve embodied AGI in the physical world."

[...] According to Fan, Project GR00T is a cornerstone of his newly founded GEAR Lab (short for "Generalist Embodied Agent Research"). During his time at Nvidia, Fan has specialized in using simulations of physical worlds to train AI models, and now that approach is extending to robotics. "At GEAR, we are building generally capable agents that learn to act skillfully in many worlds, virtual and real," wrote Fan in a tweet. "Join us on the journey to land on the moon."

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Username on Friday March 22, @01:42PM (3 children)

    by Username (4557) on Friday March 22, @01:42PM (#1349813)

    Why is a graphics card manufacturer making robots?

    What do they want out of this? PR?

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by crafoo on Friday March 22, @01:50PM

    by crafoo (6639) on Friday March 22, @01:50PM (#1349815)

    probably investors looking at the stock price and wondering why it is so high, and if the price is actually warranted and a true measure of Nvidia's value. and so Nvidia has to show they are solving world hunger and the price is warranted. or not, and the price comes back down to reality. which investors _really_ hate.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by The Vocal Minority on Saturday March 23, @04:56AM

    by The Vocal Minority (2765) on Saturday March 23, @04:56AM (#1349935) Journal

    Graphics cards are used extensively in AI, particularly NVidia cards because of their CUDA API.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, @02:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, @02:26PM (#1350262)

    Nvidia is an AI company first, graphics card company second or even third. They make a lot more money from AI products.

    As long as the bubble doesn't pop, of course.