After incessantly teasing us for weeks, Samsung’s Star Labs has officially unveiled Neon as its latest artificial intelligence (AI) powered project. The company introduced the world to Neon at CES 2020 where it billed the project as an artificial human that is essentially a computationally created virtual being that looks and behaves like a real human, with the ability to show emotions and intelligence.
As per the company, Neon’s are unlike AI assistants such as Bixby and Alexa, and are not know-it-all bots, nor are they androids, surrogates, or copies of real humans. Rather, Neons are human-like avatars that can converse and sympathize just like real humans.
Talking about Neon, its project head, Pranav Mistry, said, Neon is like a new kind of life There are millions of species on our planet and we hope to add one more. Neons will be our friends, collaborators, and companions, continually learning, evolving, and forming memories from their interactions.
What is Neon?
The company explains that Neons look and behave like a real human, with the ability to show emotions and intelligence. Neons can learn new skills and form memories from experiences. Although they are computationally generated, Neon are being claimed to make friendships, collaborate with humans, and even act as companions.
For now, Neons are digitally composed next-generation artificial intelligent entities created Star Labs’ CORE R3 and SPECTRA engines. Of the two technologies, the CORE R3 engine has been revealed to bring lifelike realityand realtime responsiveness to Neons while the SPECTRA engine is responsible for providing the Neons with intelligence, learning, emotions and memory.
What can Neons do?
Since we haven’t had the opportunity to interact with a Neon ourselves, we will for now go by the company’s account of what Neons can do. As per a statement released by Star Labs, Neons are capable of human-like interactions and have the ability to communicate with human affect, learn from experiences and even form new memories.
It is even claimed that Neons can understand, converse and sympathise just like a real human. This the company hopes can make them fit for assisting with goal-orientated tasks or can be used to assist in tasks that requires human touch.
They can serve as an individualised teacher, a personal financial advisor, a healthcare provider, or a concierge. A Neon can also be an actor, a spokesperson, or a TV anchor. It can be our friend, collaborator or companion explains the company.
When will Neon be available to the public?
For now, Star Labs is only previewing Neon at CES 2020. However, the company plans to bring Neon to the world later in 2020 under beta testing with selected partners in several countries around the world.
But even then we don’t expect the project to be made readily available to the public for testing and as such may remain available to a select few for the foreseeable future.