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Samsung reveals its 'artificial human' Neon

By T.K. Randall
January 7, 2020 · Comment icon 25 comments

These are all examples of 'Neons' - realistic digital avatars. Image Credit: Neon
The tech giant has lifted the lid on a type of super-realistic digital person unlike anything seen before.
The mysterious project - dubbed Neon - had been hinted at for weeks, however until now nobody really had any idea what it actually was or what it could do.

Now at last Samsung has revealed that Neon is not an artificial intelligence, but an artificial human - an extremely realistic, animated computer reproduction of a person with movement and emotions.

Developed by Samsung's Technology and Advanced Research Labs and revealed at CES in Las Vegas on Monday, Neon has been described as "a computationally created virtual being that looks and behaves like a real human, with the ability to show emotions and intelligence."

"Neons are not AI assistants," said Samsung. "Neons are more like us, an independent but virtual living being, who can show emotions and learn from experiences."
"Unlike AI assistants, Neons do not know it all, and they are not an interface to the Internet to ask for weather updates or to play your favorite music."

What this means is that Neon won't directly replace something like Amazon Alexa, however in the future it could act as a mouthpiece for personal assistants and other similar devices.

Imagine a medical AI that looks like an actual human doctor, for instance.

"Neons will be our friends, collaborators and companions, continually learning, evolving and forming memories from their interactions," said Neon CEO Pranav Mistry.

A beta version of the technology is expected to launch later this year.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Cortana?† What sci fi show is that from?† That is the name google calls it's equivalent to Alexa, which neither are AI, they are search engines with voice activation and vocal response programs.
Comment icon #17 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
Wisdom here. People need to get over control issues and learn to interact with fellow humans in ways other then texting and Twitter.†
Comment icon #18 Posted by sci-nerd 3 years ago
Most people need other people (desperately). They'd never settle with AI's. So there's nothing to fear. But we are a few people who are anti-social, and who get annoyed by other people. We look forward to artificial†no-BS companions, or servants, if you will. There should be something for everybody. Technology should not be dictated by PC.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
Well in Japan more men under the age of 35 said they'd prefer a robot girlfriend then a real one so.... Japan is indicative of the urban future of the industrialized world, IMHO. Europe and the US have to a degree paralleled the same trends.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
That sounds like some young men can't cope with interacting with another human being.† I hope that is not the trend, if it is, then that episode of Sea Quest where they accidentally find themselves in the future and there are only two people left on the planet, a teenage boy and a teenage girl who have robots to take care of them and spend their days playing a war game, not knowing that they are fighting each other.† I think the human race will perish before anything like that happens if we are headed that direction.
Comment icon #21 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 3 years ago
It depends if the robot is good looking and cheap,and† can cook and clean :-)†
Comment icon #22 Posted by toast 3 years ago
I`m sure there are at least 5 persons on Earth who married her/his toaster.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Sounds like just more useless garbage software to me.
Comment icon #24 Posted by likwidlite 3 years ago
Cortana is the AI in the Halo universe. Microsoft named their mobile voice assistant on the xbox Cortana then moved it to the phones. Great example of life imitating art.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
OK.† I was wondering where google got that name.† I don't know much about gaming except that my grandsons like to play minecraft together over their headsets (one is 250 miles away and one is 1800 miles away from the one who lives with me)

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