AI Avatar: Understanding the Next-Gen Artificial Intelligence Development

AI Avatars

AI Avatars

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How AI avatars are revolutionizing virtual applications of entertainment tools?

AI avatars are artificial intelligence-powered human bots. These digital avatars are used to enhance human interaction. They communicate with people using natural language processing (NLP) algorithms. As individuals are more comfortable interacting with human-like bots, the development of AI avatars continues to rise. According to a PwC survey, 75 percent of customers want more human interaction in the future.

The concept of AI-powered digital humans may sound like science fiction, but this has become a race to lead this technological innovation. Recent innovation in this technology domain is AI anchors. In November 2019, Chinese media company Xinhua introduced an AI anchor that looked exactly like its real-life counterpart Zhang Zhao and the avatar speaks both in Mandarin and English.

On the other side, Soul Machines that humanizes AI to create digital humans in January this year raised US$40 million for AI digital avatars. AI Foundation, an organization that allows users to make AI avatars of themselves, also bagged US$10 million. The company also makes avatars for celebrities. In Early 2020, the company plans to release a mobile app that lets users to talk to a digital version of famous alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra. This avatar is a software product developed to promote the books of “the real Deepak Chopra” and establish a one-on-one relationship with his readers. One of the most significant features of this digital avatar is that the app user can share their health information with it that remains confidential.

Some real-world use cases of AI avatars:

Gaming

The gaming industry can be one of the most popular areas where AI avatars can flourish. AI-powered digital avatars could drastically lower the number of hours needed to create realistic character movements. For instance, basketball games like the NBA2K franchise. Previously, the on-screen players in this game were all modeled on regular-sized people wearing motion-capture suits. However, the researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and DeepMotion Inc., develops smart avatars using deep reinforcement learning that could make basketball video games more realistic through gleaning insights from motion-capture data.

 

Communication

Today’s AI-powered mobile apps allow people to create their own AI avatars. By using tools like Samsung AR Emoji and Apple Memoji, people can create their digital avatars by taking photos. They can also use different emojis on their avatars while texting to each other. This artificial intelligence breakthrough enables personalized mobile apps, helping in improving user experience.

 

Training and Instructing

We have already seen the tremendous impact of augmented reality and virtual reality on training. Now the emergence of AI avatars can benefit businesses to train their staff through online learning and training. This digital education avatars can also boost engagement and memory retention in the virtual classroom. For example, Synthesia, an AI video production company, works with a host of clients across industries to redefine the way organizations train, educate, disseminate information, and more.

Moreover, these computer-generated digital avatars will have an incredible impact on future businesses and lives. They will transform how people live and work in their daily lives.

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