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Has the Age of Virtual Humans Arrived? 4King.com

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Is your friendship circle ready for a virtual human? AI is getting better and better by the day, and as technological advancements are made it's becoming increasingly popular. Still, it's early days and we've yet to see the full potential of this exciting technology. However, Samsung recently debuted artificial humans called Neons, who scarily resemble the real thing. Has the age of virtual humans arrived?


Leaks give detailed preview of Samsung's new smart speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini ahead of release

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With a mere 24 hours before Samsung's Unpacked event, leaks of some of its soon-to-be-announced products are still rolling in. In a tweet sent out just three days before Samsung's major product event, Max Weinbach of XDA Developers, who has leaked several other major details about Samsung's forthcoming products, showed off real glimpses of the company's new smart speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini. A video of the smart speaker in action and corresponding literature for the Galaxy Home Mini offer insight into just what the product will do. According to images posted by Weinbach, among the capabilities will be the usual list of voice-activated queries like'what's the weather?' or'play Jazz music' in addition to a range of smart home controls. The sheet leaked by Weinbach also suggests that users will be able to summon Samsung's voice-assistant Bixby to change smart thermostats, turn devices off or on, or with applicable hardware, even change the channel on a TV.


Artificial humans? Samsung Labs' Neon project has a lot of hype to live up to ZDNet

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After much social media teasing in the form of mystifying short videos and Tweets hinting towards "artificial humans", Samsung's research subsidiary STAR Labs unveiled its latest project, dubbed Neon, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. And the technology is somewhere between creepy and visionary. Neon produces photo-realistic digital avatars that can respond with human emotions and intelligence in real time. Although they are computer-generated, Neons look, act, and learn like real people – so much, in fact, that the company says on its website that the avatars are "beyond our normal perception to distinguish" from reality. Essentially, Neons look as real as characters in a film, except they interact with us and are virtual creations instead of actors.


Samsung tweets cryptic plans to unveil an "artificial human"

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Samsung is teasing plans to unveil what it calls an "artificial human" called NEON at the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off January 7. For the past couple of weeks, a series of posts from the official NEON social media accounts have asked the same question in various languages -- "Have you ever met an'ARTIFICIAL'?" Other than those posts and a NEON website that boasts little more than a countdown to CES 2019, though, Samsung hasn't had much to say about the project -- but bizarrely, Indian-British filmmaker and actor Shekhar Kapur has posted quite a bit about it on social media, suggesting he might be involved in the project in some way. "Finally, Artifical [sic] Intelligence that will make you wonder which one of you is real," reads one of Kapur's recent tweets, with another urging CES visitors to stop by the NEON corner to learn more about "an Artificial Intelligence being as your best friend." One thing Samsung will say about NEON is that it is not related to the company's AI-powered digital assistant Bixby.


Samsung's Mysterious Human-Like AI Assistant 'NEON' To Be Unveiled At CES 2020

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Samsung Technology & Advanced Research Labs, more commonly known as STAR Labs, is all geared up to showcase an artificial intelligence product at CES 2020. STAR Labs is an independent entity of Samsung Electronics and is headed by President & CEO Pranav Mistry who is popularly known for his work on SixthSense. At the time being, the company hasn't revealed much about what Neon is. But their tagline of "Have you ever met an'ARTIFICIAL?", that is sprayed over all social media channels, does suggest that it has to do something regarding artificial intelligence. What SiFi movies have just started exploring, the Indian born scientist @pranavmistry is bringing soon to your home.


Samsung teases mysterious AI called 'Neon' that its says is smart enough to be your 'best friend'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Samsung is gearing up to unveil a new artificial intelligence that it says will be smart enough to become one's'best friend.' The AI, called Neon, will be unveiled in the coming week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and according to Samsung, will go above and beyond the capabilities of the tech giant's current voice assistant, 'Bixby.' 'Honored to have so much coverage even before we unveil. But contrary to some news, NEON is NOT about Bixby, or anything you have seen before. While details about what Neon will actually do are sparse, the company has suggested that it will be smart enough to act as a kind of AI companion, or'best friend.' Samsung has also been careful about the language it has used to describe Neon.


Samsung set to unveil artificial human Neon at CES 2020

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South Korean tech giant Samsung announced its AI-powered digital assistant Bixby back in March 2017. It first came pre-loaded on the Galaxy S8, but later made its way to a long list of smartphones and home appliances. More than two years later, the company is all set to unveil its new AI-powered product, dubbed Neon, at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 next month. Neon is developed by Samsung Technology and Advanced Research Lab (STAR Labs), with Pranav Mistry at the helm as the President and CEO of the unit. Mistry is best known for his work on SixthSense and Galaxy Gear and has previously served as the Global Vice President at Samsung.


A Relaxing Weekend with Samsung's AI-enabled and Smart Appliances

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It sounds like something out of a fairytale: when you head out for the day, your fairy godmother zips around the house, finishing all the housework so you don't have to. Okay, okay (earmuffs, kids!), fairy godmothers aren't exactly real, but with Samsung's AI-enabled and smart home appliances, you'd never know the difference. Samsung home appliances' seamless connections are all part of the company's "Intelligence of Things" vision, which envisions a world in which the devices around us are constantly communicating with one another in ways that simplify our day. To demonstrate how the devices take the work out of housework, we present a typical Sunday in one of these connected homes. You've got a lot to do today, so you wake up early, kick off the covers, and start to map out your day.


AI Weekly: Samsung comes to terms with Bixby's second-class status

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Samsung's Bixby assistant won't be the reason you buy (or don't buy) your next Samsung-manufactured smartphone, smart refrigerator, smart router, or smart speaker. And Samsung is finally coming to terms with that. This was the implicit thread underlying the 2019 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), which kicked off in earnest on Tuesday at the San Jose Convention Center. Unlike last year, when Samsung announced new languages for Bixby (German, French, Italian, and Spanish), plus Bixby Marketplace for third-party voice apps, this year's enhancements were on the whole understated. Bixby Templates and Bixby Views make it easier for developers to create capsules (apps, in Samsung's vernacular) across a range of devices, while Natural Language Categories enable Bixby to recommend apps by context instead of name.


Artificial intelligence has a gender bias problem – just ask Siri

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Suggest to Samsung's Virtual Personal Assistant Bixby "Let's talk dirty," and the female voice will respond with a honeyed accent, "I don't want to end up on Santa's naughty list." Ask the same question to the program's male voice and it replies "I've read that soil erosion is a real dirt problem." In South Africa, where I live and conduct my research into gender biases in artificial intelligence, Samsung now offers Bixby in various voices depending on which language you choose. The voices of Julia, Lisa and Stephanie are coquettish and eager. John is clever and straightforward.