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ANA funds $10 Million avatar quest at SXSW

By Marisa Garcia

All Nippon Airways would like humans to have working avatars right here on Earth. During SXSW in Austin, the Japanese airline has announced a four-year competition – ANA Avatar XPRIZE – to aid development of technologies that might support a “multipurpose avatar system” that could offer aid to people through a remote operator.

The $10 million prize envisions robotic avatars which are remotely operated by humans to offer services as daily care givers for the elderly, as disaster relief support in environments that aren’t hospitable to humans, or to perform necessary repairs in areas which may be impractical …read more

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