Inworld AI, a Mountain View, Calif. – based provider of a developer platform to create AI-powered virtual humans for immersive realities, raised $7m in seed funding.
The round was co-led by Kleiner Perkins and CRV, with participation from Meta (formerly known as Facebook).
Co-founded by CEO Ilya Gelfenbeyn and CTO Michael Ermolenko, Inworld AI provides a developer platform for creating AI-powered virtual human agents to populate immersive realities including the metaverse, VR/AR, games, and virtual worlds.
The company’s AI capabilities enable brands and developers to create virtual human agents with unique behaviors and awareness of their context and environment. They are embeddable and deployable across a range of immersive realities, from metaverses to VR/AR experiences to games and other virtual environments. Virtual agents can complement real human participants by fulfilling intended in-world functions, playing set roles to advise, support, entertain and more. This applies to a myriad of experiences. Brands can create representatives enabling virtual ecommerce, operations and customer support. Enterprises can conduct immersive true-to-life training sessions with employees. Video games can achieve deep immersion by utilizing in-world agents as realistic non-player characters (NPCs).
Kylan Gibbs, who led product for applied generative language models at DeepMind, has joined Inworld AI as Product Director, and Vsevolod Leonov, formerly Head of New Business, North America at Google AdMob, is Director of Partnerships.