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Brains Over Beauty, or Building AI Avatars Inside Out

There have been a lot of exciting events and developments in the realm of AI and virtual beings since fall 2019:The Virtual Beings Summit hosted by our friends at Fable Studio in November, 2019 gathered some of the brightest minds in the field, exchanging ide…

 
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Get ready for the first ever fitness virtual being

The Millie Fit AppMillie Fit is your smartest fitness coach. Powered by TwentyBN’s human behavior understanding technology, Millie uses your device’s camera to see and guide you through a High-Intensity-Interval Training (HIIT) session. She uses her AI-powere…

 
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A trip inside a virtual being’s brain (with video demos)

The photo below taken by VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi at the first-ever Virtual Beings Summit two weeks ago says it all about this week’s issue of EmbodiedAI: “AI makes a virtual being possible”. Over the past few weeks, several of our readers reached out to …

 
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5G, AR/VR, and AI avatars: A new age of storytelling emerges

When I was twelve, I used to wait all summer by my bedroom window for an owl to arrive from Hogwarts. I yearned for my invitation into the world of witches, wizards and magic. This was one of my childhood wishes that, unfortunately, did not survive the drudge…

 
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The evolution of skill discovery in virtual assistants

Skill Discovery: 2 challengesBenedict Evans (Andreessen Horowitz) calls skill discovery in smart speakers a fundamental UX puzzle: the Alexa audio-only interface is convenient, for example, until you expect it to recite its 80,000 skills one by one to a user.…

 
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2 fit-tech trends are leading us towards interactive AI fitness trainers

Fitness and Technology are two of the fastest growing industries in the world. Fitness reeled in an estimated $94 billion last year at an annual growth rate of 6.1%. Technology permeates the world, with the AI industry reigning as one of the fastest growing (…

 
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Alexa, Alex, or Al? 3 Suggestions to Fight Gender Biases in AI Assistants

Our tech world is fraught with troubling trends when it comes to gender inequality. A recent UN report "I'd blush if I could" warns that embodied AIs like the primarily female voice assistants can actually reinforce harmful gender stereotypes. Dag Kittlaus, w…

 
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Deepfake: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

In a scene from Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, FBI agent Carl Hanratty tracks down the fraudster Frank Abagnale Jr. and breaks into his hotel room. Despite a gun’s barrel in his face, Abagnale masquerades as a fellow law enforcement agent who is also…

 
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5 lessons from Clippy's failure

It might have taken Jesus only four days to resurrect Lazarus, but it took Microsoft almost a decade to resurrect Clippy, its anthropomorphic digital assistant introduced in 1996 to help Microsoft Office users work more effectively. During Clippy’s brief yet …

 
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Human-AI relationship: Delights don’t need to have violent ends

Mistrust between men and AI permeates the film, Ex Machina. Nathan, a megalomaniacal tech CEO and creator of the android Ava that passes the Turing test, has a murky past of android abuse. Caleb, the empathetic programmer, falls in love with Ava, only to be m…

 
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Alexa isn't "incredibly stupid". She just lacks situational awareness.

In the last issue of Embodied AI, we argued in favor of transforming audio-based virtual assistants, such as Alexa, into AI-powered avatars for ease of skill discovery and more humanlike interactivity. In short, start by equipping Alexa and Siri with eyes on …

 
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"Do you want eyes with that?": Why AI assistants should become AI avatars

One reason that AI assistants don't see is because building a voice AI product is itself a daunting and resource-intensive task. Amazon currently has over 10,000 employees working on Alexa and Echo devices, and Facebook has flat out failed to build one, shipp…

 
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"I see avatars a-rising": Your guide to the AI avatar landscape

Not only is 2019 the year of the pig 🐷. It’s also the year of the avatar 🤖. In an article investigating the future of the avatar space, Richard Moss predicts that AI-generated characters will pop up more and more. There has been a recent explosion of AI avata…