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Nvidia Launches AI Computer to Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains

Nvidia's new products to power autonomous robots with AI

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Nvidia Launches AI Computer to Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains
Nvidia Launches AI Computer to Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains. (IANS)
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US-based chip-designer Nvidia Corporation unveiled two new products, “Nvidia Issac”, a new developer platform and “Jetson Xavier”, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based computer in an attempt to power autonomous robots.

“‘Isaac and Jetson Xavier’ were designed to capture the next stage of AI innovation as it moves from software running in the cloud to robots that navigate the real world,” The Verge quoted Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang as saying on Monday.

The developer platform “Nvidia Issac” is a set of software tools including application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect to 3D cameras and sensors, a library of AI accelerators to keep algorithms running smoothly and a new simulation environment “Isaac Sim” for training and testing bots in a virtual space.

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Representational image (AI). Pixabay

On the other hand, Nvidia’s AI-based computer, “Jetson Xavier”, is made of over nine billion transistors and processing components including deep learning accelerators and processors for static images and video, capable of delivering over 30 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of compute, consuming just 30 watts of power, the report added.

“AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines,” Hunag was quoted as saying.

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The cost of one “Jetson Xavier” along with access to the “Issac” platform is $1,299.

Nvidia announced the products at Computex 2018, Taipei.

Nvidia’s chips are already used to power robots made by a company called “Fellow”. (IANS)

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Facebook Brings AI-powered Video Chat Speakers

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to a hearing in US Congress in April to explain the firm's privacy policies

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Facebook unveils AI-powered video chat speakers amid privacy concerns. Pixabay

Social media giant Facebook has unveiled a pair of artificial intelligence-powered smart video chat devices, Portal and Portal +, which are designed to connect people and feel like being in the same room.

Facebook on Monday said the new video communication speakers with tablet-size screens for the home can dramatically change the way people keep in touch and their built-in AI technology makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, Xinhua reported.

 The debut of the Facebook-brand-bearing electronic gadgets represents the social network’s first bold entry into the fray in a competition of consumer hardware with other internet giants such as Amazon and Google, which launched their smart speakers years ago.

The Portal, which is equipped with a 10-inch 1280×800 display, can let users video chat with their families and friends over Facebook Messenger, while the Portal + has a 15-inch 1920×1080 pivoting display.

Facebook said the two speakers are powered by AI as well as smart camera and sound technology that let users have a better, more convenience and hands-free experience. The speaker’s Smart Camera can sense the movement and action, and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view.

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While the two Facebook-branded hardware makes consumers’ home smarter and better connected with family members, there is growing concern about user privacy that could arise from internet-related technology, especially after Facebook has been questioned about its privacy policy since a data breach scandal earlier this year.

Facebook has been extensively challenged about its security measures in protecting users’ sensitive data since a British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of illegally accessing the data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Also Read- Microsoft Cannot Recover Files Deleted by Windows 10 Update

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to a hearing in US Congress in April to explain the firm’s privacy policies.

Last month, Facebook reported vulnerabilities in its account login mechanism that could affect more than 90 million users, who risked having their private information including names and passwords accessed by hackers. (IANS)

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