Why Soul Machines made an AI baby

At Soul Machines, a company that uses artificial intelligence to create lifelike avatars that respond to human emotion, a fair amount of their work could be considered unsettling to the average person who fears the coming takeover by our #AI-robot overlords. [Read More]

Summary… * Machine-Made

Instead, he says, when the baby begins to whimper or cry, some respond in human ways, demonstrating what appears to be sympathy similar to the kind they may lavish on a human baby.
Within the coming year to 18 months, Soul Machines plans to open a platform for people to create their own avatars, like a more realistic Bitmoji.
Potential applications of its tech are numerous, but Soul Machines decided to create an #AI baby because babies are natural “learning machines” and as a way to explore the field of social learning, because the company wants to train #AI the same way humans raise children.
So should a Soul Machines avatar be in a store window or kiosk, it might look you in the eye.
With biometrics, Soul Machines can remember faces and use #AI to determine the best response based on previous interactions.

Opinion… * Man-Made

The first baby steps creating avatars that mimic tone, style and the words of (dead) people. #Mankind #AI #Trend

Source: Venturebeat