The Facebook team released new updates on the development of their AI research program that will open up new possibilities in the impact of artificial intelligence and other associated technological advancements as they are incorporated in our daily living.
Facebook revealed that a “real-world sound simulator” will provide an environment that mimics that of the real physical world to serve as a training ground for AI systems, virtually simulating real-life situations in 3D, along with sounds that come along with indoor activities.
An indoor mapping feature is also added to assist AI systems in etching onto memory details about the spaces and rooms like the number of chairs or a cup on the counter.
Smart technology has not been able to fully tap into this yet. As far as it goes, computer systems are not able to “see” the environment that they are in, much less maneuver around it or navigate.
The chief technology officer of Facebook, Mike Schroepfer, is hoping that even during the early stages of development, the projects will be integrated into new devices such as smart glasses that will be able to store into memory details that a human usually tends to forget. With the new AI memory, people won’t have a hard time recalling where they left their keys or other things. Basically, the AI will be able to remember everything that you do and experience.
Virtual assistants should help you remember the important parts of your day, remind you where you left your keys, or tell you if you forget an ingredient in a recipe. The Facebook AI Research team’s Embodied AI research is bringing that one step closer to reality. (1/7)— Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) August 22, 2020
“If you can build these systems, they can help you remember the important parts of your life,” Schroepfer said to CNN.
However, the downside is that the project relies on people allowing Facebook the liberty to have a technology that they will carry into their personal lives and accompany them in their personal daily activities - and with the numerous privacy breach controversies that the social network is facing, this might pose as a challenge.
To make these memorizing AI systems into reality, users will have to wear sensor-equipped augmented reality glasses, which aren’t that well-received by the public. Other companies like Snap and Apple are also developing these new devices.
This latest AI project by Facebook rests on the shoulders of a pre-existing open-source environment simulator, AI Habitat, that was initially launched in 2019. It was intended for an almost similar purpose of training AI systems to deal with digital projections of a physically existing area.
The further development of this AI research has great potential to be incorporated into robotic assistance projects, which are so far still under initial phases of research.