Facebook is training robot assistants to hear as well as see

Publication Title
MIT Technology Review
Publication/Creation Date
August 21 2020
Karen Hao (creator)
Facebook (contributor)
Ani Kembhavi (contributor)
Allen Institute (contributor)
Pieter Abeel (contributor)
University Of California, Berkeley (contributor)
Kristen Grauman (contributor)
University Of Texas At Austin (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
"In June 2019, Facebook’s AI lab, FAIR, released AI Habitat, a new simulation platform for training AI agents. It allowed agents to explore various realistic virtual environments, like a furnished apartment or cubicle-filled office. The AI could then be ported into a robot, which would gain the smarts to navigate through the real world without crashing.

In the year since, FAIR has rapidly pushed the boundaries of its work on “embodied AI.” In a blog post today, the lab has announced three additional milestones reached: two new algorithms that allow an agent to quickly create and remember a map of the spaces it navigates, and the addition of sound on the platform to train the agents to hear."

HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body

Date archived
February 18 2021
Last edited
May 4 2021
How to cite this entry
Karen Hao. (August 21 2020). "Facebook is training robot assistants to hear as well as see". MIT Technology Review. Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/5091