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This Week In XR January 26th, 2024 ft. David Weinstein, Nvidia’s Head of XR

Ted is doing his real job for Viacom today but Rony is with us, while on a ferry in Florida, en route to a secret rendezvous. In the news: Eleven Labs raising $80M for voice cloning, $6.7M for Artisse AI photo app for models and influencers, and the new Rabbit R1 a compact, toy-like $200 handheld AI "Large Action Model" that knows you and your apps. Rony says the price is so low, China must be underwriting it as part of another insidious TikTok-like scheme to steal your data. Our guest is David Weinstein, Senior Director of XR at Nvidia. He takes on a fascinating deep dive into Nvidia's XR strategy, which has four pillars: (1) photorealism, (2) AI, (3) Streaming/split rendering, and (4) collaboration, all taking place in the Omniverse, which David describes as XR's "simulation engine." 


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