At the Cisco research & development labs in Oslo, Norway, the company has made artificial intelligence (AI) the core of its next-generation video collaboration tools by using technology found in self-driving cars.The Nvidia chips used by Audi and Volvo that recognise people and objects and try to avoid collisions have been adapted for Cisco’s Webex products to focus on facial identification.Cisco has also developed its own algorithms to identify faces and sounds. Extraneous background noise, like the tapping of keyboards, loud chewing, car alarms or dogs barking can then be automatically eliminated during video conferencing.Future capabilities include extracting back-end data from a meeting, such as transcripts and translations of what was said.Snorre Kjesbu, vice-president of Cisco’s collaboration endpoint technology group, believes the quality and quantity of data is central to holding "intelligent" meetings. "It’s about taking a relatively simple thing like telemetry, being abl...

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