An AI-powered version of Albert Einstein has joined UneeQ's growing lineup of 'digital humans'
- UneeQ's virtual version of
Albert Einsteinis among its latest batch of 'digital humans.'
- A digital COVID-19 health advisor and doppelgänger of a famed banker are also available.
- Virtual companions could solve feelings of isolation and loneliness, the company says.
Danny Tomsett, UneeQ's CEO, said in a statement: "As part of our new Companions series, Digital Einstein, among other digital humans, can communicate with people in a way that comes most naturally - using conversation, human expressions, and emotional responses to best provide daily interactions that we hope make a difference in people's lives."Here's how some of its companions stack up.
He, naturally, spoke with authority on the theory of relativity but was not able to answer more ponderous questions on how he thinks history has judged him. He simply replied: "Sorry, I didn't understand what you said."
Launched in April 2020, Sophie is very much a product of our times. The digital companion was created to converse with users about the most common questions surrounding COVID-19.The company said it used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organisation to launch Sophie as a public health advisor.
She is able to update users on the latest news and guidance around the
Users of many dialects can converse with Sophie, since she is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Japanese, and more.In terms of her personality, Sophie was designed to be empathetic, friendly, and non-judgemental.
Daniel KaltUneeq's website shows a range of companions it has created for large companies. Among these is the digital doppelganger of UBS's chief economist, Daniel Kalt.
Kalt's chatbot was developed for the bank's Swiss arm to help people find the crucial banking and finance information they need.According to the company, Kalt is able to draw on a deep trove of UBS's financial forecast data and present insights to high-wealth clients "face to face." Like Sophie, he is available at any time of day to have a personalized conversation with users.
Helpful heroes or fairweather friends?
There is clearly potential for this type of technology but it's unclear at this stage whether "digital humans" can fully live up to expectations.The world is facing an undeniable mental-health crisis, including a significant rise in anxiety and depressive conditions. On the one hand, AI-powered pals are unlikely to be any kind of substitute for the appropriate treatment of serious mental-health conditions. But on the other hand, they could at least provide a bit of cheer and lightness for those facing prolonged isolation during the daily gloom of an ongoing pandemic.
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