Samsung’s artificial human: Neon

Neon AI chatbots modeled after real people

Samsung’s artificial human: Neon

(CNET): While other companies at CES 2020 looked to the future of artificial intelligence, Samsung brought a bit of futuristic AI to the present when it revealed Neon, an AI chatbot emerging from the company’s Star Labs advanced research division. But chatbots have been around for well over a decade now, so you may be curious what the hubbub surrounding Neon is all about.

CNET’s Shara Tibken had questions, too, but the answers she got from Neon CEO Pranav Mistry left her more confused than ever. And when Andrew Gebhart got the chance to interact with a Neon, the experience left him impressed more with the possibilities than the reality.

Even still, the buzz around Neon is palpable. To help introduce you to Neon’s new “artificial humans,” as the company calls them, here’s everything we know about the Neon project, as well as a few lingering questions we have about these next-generation AIs.

Everything we’re told Neons are not

Like any good philosophical paradox, the best way to approach the question of what a Neon is is to start with what they are not. According to the company, a Neon is not meant to replace or improve upon the technology used in the current generation of digital assistants, like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant.

A Neon is not, in other words, meant to fetch answers to simple questions about the weather or sports scores. Nor is it there to control your smart home devices, set reminders and alarms or play your favorite music.

According to the company, Neons are also not “androids, surrogates or copies of real humans,” although they may exhibit similar physical or behavioral traits to actual people. They aren’t meant to inhabit robots, either

What Neons are (rather, what they could be)

According to Neon CEO Pranav Mistry, “Neons are more like us, an independent but virtual living being, who can show emotions and learn from experiences.” He goes on to explain that Neons are meant to converse and behave like humans, as well as remember and learn. They’re like a related — yet different — new species of life from humans.

Neons are meant to act as “friends, collaborators and companions,” according to the company. “They can serve as an individualized teacher, a personal financial advisor, a healthcare provider, … a concierge … an actor, a spokesperson or a TV anchor.”

What Neons might be able to do for you

Although we’re curious about the practical uses for Neons, Mistry sees the AI being used in a variety of specialized applications, tailored to individual needs. Say you wanted to learn yoga. You could potentially learn from a Neon yoga expert that could show you various poses and, much like a human teacher, incrementally increase the level of difficulty as you master new skills.

If you wanted to become fluent in a new language, a Neon could teach it to you, as well as translate in real-time when you need help.

A Neon could also serve as something akin to a friend or a confidant. All language processing is said to occur on-device, so Neons will reportedly keep your secrets, even better than a human person, one presumes.

To know more about Neon you can read this article on CNET

This article was written by Dale Smith and Shara Tibken and was originally posted here

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