The technology giant has revealed a kind of super-realistic digital person, unlike anything seen before. The mysterious project – called neon had been suggested weeks ago, but so far no one had any idea what it really was or what it could do.
Now, finally, Samsung has revealed that Neon is not an artificial intelligence – AI, but an artificial human – an extremely realistic and animated computer reproduction of a person with movement and emotions.
Developed by Samsung’s advanced research and technology labs and unveiled at CES in Las Vegas on Monday (6), the Neon has been described as “a computationally created virtual being that looks and behaves like a real human being, with the ability to show emotions and intelligence ”.
Neons are not AI assistants. Neons are more like us, an independent but virtual living being who can show emotions and learn from experiences. Unlike AI assistants, Neons don’t know everything and are not an Internet interface for requesting weather updates or playing your favorite song.
What this means is that Neon won’t directly replace something like Amazon Alexa, but in the future may act as spokesperson for personal assistants and other similar devices.
Imagine a medical AI that looks like a real human doctor, for example.
Neon CEO Pranav Mistry said:
The Neons will be our friends, collaborators, and companions, continually learning, evolving, and forming memories of their interactions.
A beta of the technology is expected to be released later this year.