19 May '17, 2pm

With Isaac, Nvidia Trains Robots in Virtual Environments

Remember how the heroes in The Matrix were able to learn new skills almost instantly by training in a virtual environment? It might not be a realistic way for humans to learn (yet), but Nvidia believes it can already be done for robots. Wednesday, at his keynote during Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang called for an “alternate universe,” where robots could learn but not be beholden to the laws of time. “This universe needs to train at warp speed,” he said. The virtual environment, which Nvidia is calling Isaac (named after Newton and Asimov, according to Huang) is an alternative to real-world reinforcement learning, which has robots and AI learn in the same way humans do – through trial and error. On the low end reinforcement learning could teach a robot a simple assembly task. On the highest end you get an AI that can beat champion players ...

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