Facebook’s AI researchers task ‘tourist bots’ with finding their way in NYC

Facebook Engineering on Tuesday, July 10, 2018nnn

Embodied AI basically entails giving AI models the ability to learn while on-the-go gathering data that is present around them that can help them make sense of what they already do know. In “Talk the Walk,” the guide AI bot had all of this 2D map data and the tourist bot had all of this rich 360 visual data but it was only through communication with each other that they were able to carry out their directives.n

The real goal was to work on the two agents gathering information through natural language, but the researchers found that the bots did a better job of completing the task when they used “synthetic language” which relied more on them using more simplistic symbols to convey information and location. This less natural way…

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