This isn’t the first time NVIDIA has created realistic AI-powered avatars, but now it’s making them more practical. The GPU maker has unveiled the Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) toolkit, which makes it easier for companies to embed digital people into chatbots, games and other applications. The combination of AI models and services helps developers quickly create virtual humans that don’t depend on massive computing power of their own — a startup can create an avatar as convincingly as a giant corporation’s avatar. ACE revolves around several existing software suites and frameworks. Its namesake Omniverse is used for AI-driven animation.
Metropolis deals with computer vision tasks (such as object recognition). Merlin helps with recommenders, while NeMo Megatron and Riva respectively help with natural language models and AI speech. It will take time before you start talking to an ACE-based avatar in a roleplay or during your next hotel stay. And while NVIDIA claims its AI is “on track” to pass the Turing Test, it’s clearly more of a PR at the moment. It is still obvious that you are talking to the computer, as you can see in the demo video on the official website. But the technology is developing and this is already quite an interesting solution.