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Facebook is getting guide bots to help tourist bots explore Hell’s Kitchen in a virtual New York City.
The setup for Facebook’s “Talk the Walk” research experiment involves throwing a “tourist” bot onto a random street corner of NYC and getting a “guide” bot to direct them to a spot on a 2D map.
This involved Facebook capturing 360-degree photos of a bunch of different street corners in random spots in NY and feeding them to the AI tourist bot, which then had to peer around at the behest of the guide agent that would then gain a sense of where the tourist was based and try to direct it through a text conversation.
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