Hi Rodolphe - nice to hear from you. It has been a long time since we chatted. I like the forum, will do my best to actively participate.
My company - Yadle - has developed some AI tech to allow object identification from geometry in a variety of 3D formats, including USD. No rendering needed to determine that there is a “guitar” in a scene file. Imagine being able to do things like “find all 3D files that contain a guitar AND a bottle”. That is what we are doing.
We made a commitment to USD about 2 years ago. All of our internal analysis and AI for 3D works on USD.