Digital Human Creator Uneeq Shares Its Tricks

Auckland start-up UneeQ, that counts Salesforce’s former head of AI Richard Socher as an investor, has a new tool that aims to make building virtual humans to answer questions as easy as creating a website, Jeff Elder reports for Business Insider.

UneeQ makes highly realistic on-screen human personas – including a digital twin of a famous Swiss banker – and has created a platform where anyone can create a digital human and talk to it for free.

UneeQ has been working on digital humans – the hyper-realistic on-screen robots that look and act like humans – since 2010. The firm has worked with BMW, Vodafone, and top banks in New Zealand to set up the digital humans as customer service helpers, giving a persona to the chatbots that have previously often been simply a box to type into.

“This is a giant leap forward in conversational AI,” founder and CEO of UneeQ Danny Tomsett says.

The company has offices in New Zealand, Austin, and San Francisco.

Original article by Jeff Elder, Business Insider, September 20, 2020.

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Climate Change Graphics Made Simple by John Lang

Climate Change Graphics Made Simple by John Lang

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