In a week! – I’m going to CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas for the first time; while I’m increasingly daunted by the sheer SIZE of the event (multiple locations, miles and miles of walking) I’m also increasingly excited about what I’m going to experience there. Tons of amazing talks on the future immersive tech, entertainment, healthcare, living…and AI…and…and…phew, I’m tired already 😉
Thankfully I’m getting a tour with David Polinchok, an industry old timer who’s been giving tours around the floor for a few years now.
Looking forward to seeing everything and anything about AR, VR, haptics, architectural applications for VR (something I’ve been talking about for ages), new headsets, holograms, and a million other things that have been dutifully bookmarked in their floor plan / app.
And while the large companies are pulling out all the stops (which will be a-mazing to experience), I’m particularly interested in seeing the startup section, where the small newbie companies will be presenting what they are working on; will be good to see the trends there. Where are people putting their efforts?
I’ll be tweeting on the way, and while I’ve not been a dedicated Twitter user think it’s the easiest and best way to give quick update and insights. Follow me at www.twitter.com/decahedralist.
I spend a fair amount of time in my book chapter talking about intelligent (AI) bots / artificial humans and how brands can use them to create more meaningful relationships with customers. Fascinating stuff. And as AI and natural language processing improves (eg, real conversation) continues to improve in parallel with improving graphics and streaming, we’ll be able to interact in ways that will be indistinguishable from “real”.
This New Zealand based company is one of a handful working on developing that dream.
UneeQ (previously FaceMe) has taken in $10 million in funding so far to develop digital representations of humans that interact with you in much the same way as a real person would to drive emotional connection, loyalty, and trust between a business and its customers. And while this is a business application, I have no doubts that we will “have” digital humans as friends, companions, advisors – whatever we need. Interacting with computing through natural language, and with something that looks, sounds and “feels” completely human is the ultimate goal of spatial computer.
Competitios to Uneeq include Neon, Didimo, Soul Machines (love that name), and others; and while many currently think the uncanny valley a barrier, I believe that as time progresses we’ll *expect* our technology to seem natural.