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Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:09:51 -0800


Mike Elgan, Computerworld, 6 Jan 2018
Why you'll fire Siri and do the job yourself:
In the world of AI, the best virtual assistant might turn out to be your virtual self.

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A company based in Pasadena, Calif., called ObEN built a 3D AI avatar technology that produced what it calls a personal AI (PAI).

I spoke to ObEN co-founder and CEO Nikhil Jain this week. He told me ObEN's technology generates a 3D computer-generated representation of the user's face with a single selfie.

ObEN also learns to copy your voice. Once it's got your voice down, it can do things with your voice that you cannot speak Chinese, for example, or sing.

That *personality* is based not only on how you speak, but on what you know as well. It's even possible to add knowledge manually.

In the perfect ObEN universe, different simultaneous instances of your PAI would be off scheduling meetings, answering questions, negotiating rates and even telling bedtime stories to your children, according to Jain, while you are freed up to focus on the stuff that requires human attention and experience.

At the end of the day, the user can review everything the PAI did that day.

Consider Amy, the x.ai virtual assistant. Amy is AI that interacts via email and schedules meetings. Amy has a personality and can make decisions in an email conversation, such as the meeting participants and the Amy virtual assistant negotiating available times for meetings. Amy is a virtual person, and many people who encounter Amy assume they're interacting with a real human.

Possible issues:

1) Review it? If you are so busy that you think you need one of these AI
avatars, would you really review everything?

2) Imagine the court case if someone believes something that a
professional's AI avatar said -- thinking it was the professional --
and acts on it and suffers loss. [GW]

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