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‘Virtual human’ NEONs

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Virtual human’ NEONs

What to study?

For Prelims: NEONs, how do they work? Technologies behind.

For Mains: Significance and potential.

Context: The first project of Samsung’s Star Labs, NEONs are being called the world’s first artificial humans.

 What are they?

  • NEONs are computationally created virtual humans — the word derives from NEO (new) + humaN.
  • For now the virtual humans can show emotions when manually controlled by their creators.
  • But the idea is for NEONs to become intelligent enough to be fully autonomous, showing emotions, learning skills, creating memories, and being intelligent on their own.

 How do they work?

There are two core technologies behind his virtual humans.

  1. First, there is the proprietary CORE R3 technology that drives the “reality, real time and responsiveness” behind NEONs.
  2. The next stage will be SPECTRA, which will complement CORE R3 with the “spectrum of intelligence, learning, emotions and memory”.

How could NEONs be used?

NEONs might be the interface for technologies and services.

  • They will answer your queries at a bank, welcome you at a restaurant, or read out the breaking news on television at an unearthly hour.
  • This form of virtual assistance would be more effective, for example, while teaching languages, as NEONs will be capable of understanding and sympathising.

How are NEONs different from Virtual Assistants?

Virtual Assistants now learn from all the data they are plugged into. NEONs will be limited to what they know and learn. Their leaning could potentially be limited to the person they are catering to, and maybe her friends — but not the entire Internet. They will not be an interface for you to request a song, rather they will be a friend to speak to and share experiences with, says Star Labs.

Sources: Indian Express.