Using virtual reality to train artificial intelligence to better interact with the real world almost sounds like what you’d get if Inception and Westworld had a synthetic baby. But there’s no deep mystery or ambiguous ending here; it’s the work of a company called AI.Reverie, and it has applications in agriculture technology.

This week on The Automat (our weekly podcast about food-related robots and AI), we sit down with Daeil Kim, Founder and CEO of AI.Reverie to talk about the power of virtual worlds for training AI, applications for the technology in agriculture (weed killing robots!), and how it can help identify and sort food in the supply chain.

It’s a fascinating deep dive into really the cutting edge of both AI and VR. Listen to it here and subscribe to all our Spoon Feed podcasts in iTunes.

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