Sign of the times: AI experts work on avatar for sign language

Irma Sluis in action. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP

“ – Experts at the University of Amsterdam are developing a computer programme that can translate into sign language, using the power of artificial intelligence.

– Drawing on his own background in maths, artificial intelligence, philosophy and linguistics, Roelofsen has won the funding for a five-year project to develop an avatar that can translate simple sentences and instructions into animations.”

Sign of the times: AI experts work on avatar for sign language

Meet Ruth, Nestlé’s New AI-Powered Cookie Coach

  • “Orchid Bertelsen, head of digital innovation and transformation at Nestlé, said the project was inspired by the inconsistent experience that customers often reported after calling into the company’s customer service line, which is staffed by employees who may not have direct baking experience themselves.
  • ‘Consumers told us she had to sound like a real person, and she had to be encouraging, empathetic and bring levity to the experience because baking is meant to be fun. We spent a lot of time getting the human interface right so people would remember how Ruth made them feel.’”

Hour One wants synthetic AI characters to be your digital avatars

  • “Oren Aharon and Lior Hakim created Hour One in 2019 with a mission of driving the economy of the digital workforce powered by synthetic characters of real-life people.
  • The company showcased its “real or synthetic” likeness test at CES 2020, challenging people to distinguish between real and synthetic characters generated by its AI.
  • Hour One is using deep learning and generative adversarial neural networks to make its video characters. The company says it can do this in a highly scalable and cost-effective way.
  • Hour One is working with companies in the ecommerce, education, automotive, communication, and enterprise sectors, with expanded industry applications expected throughout 2020.”

‘We can’t scale humans’: Why startups are raising millions to build AI avatars

  • Silly as it may seem, the race to build lifelike digital avatars has become serious business. Earlier this month, Soul Machines raised $40 million in a Series B round after being featured in a YouTube Originals documentary
  • At stake is the ability to replace (or at least replicate) the work of actual people on a grand scale.
  • Danny Tomsett, the CEO of Uneeq, sees digital humans as a kind of middle ground between chatbots and live support, offering the scale of the former with the empathy and body language of the latter.

Uneeq Digital Humans

Danny Tomsett

CEO of Uneeq