Avatar cloud engine helps developers create lifelike digital humans

Avatar cloud engine helps developers create lifelike digital humans

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By Rich Pell

AI computing company Nvidia has announced a suite of cloud-native AI models and services that make it easier to build and customize lifelike virtual assistants and digital humans. By bringing these models and services to the cloud, says the company, the Nvidia Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) enables businesses of any size to instantly access the massive computing power needed to create and deploy assistants and avatars that understand multiple languages, respond to speech prompts, interact with the environment and make intelligent recommendations.

“Our industry has been on a decades-long journey teaching computers to communicate and carry out complex tasks with ease that humans take for granted,” said Rev Lebaredian, vice president of Omniverse and simulation technology at Nvidia. “Nvidia ACE brings this within reach. ACE combines many sophisticated AI technologies, allowing developers to create digital assistants that are on a path to pass the Turing test.”

ACE is built on top of the company’s Unified Compute Framework, which provides access to the software tools and APIs needed to harness the wide range of skills needed for highly realistic, fully interactive avatars. These include Nvidia Riva for developing speech AI applications, Nvidia Metropolis for computer vision and intelligent video analytics, Nvidia Merlin™ for high-performing recommender systems, Nvidia NeMo Megatron for large language models with natural language understanding, and Nvidia Omniverse for AI-enabled animation.

The assistants and avatars ACE enables, says the company, will transform interactions in gaming, entertainment, banking, transportation and hospitality. Two applications built on ACE include the company’s Project Maxine and Project Tokkio. Project Maxine brings state-of-the-art video and audio features to virtual collaboration and content creation applications. Project Tokkio enables interactive avatars that see, perceive, converse intelligently and provide recommendations to enhance customer service in places like restaurants.


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