Virtual Personal Attendants such as Siri & Cortana have inspired a new level of attendant. Gatebox is breaking the boundary between “digital” and “real” by bringing the attendant character, out from behind a screen with holographic movement & expression powered by Artificial Intelligence.
The concept video presentation by Vinclu, Inc. of Gatebox’s personified character hologram, Azuma Hikari, promises to monitor your environment, pay attention to your interests, assist with matters such as weather forecasts, help schedule your life, program your DVR and run internet searches in a more personalized way then Siri or Alexa. In addition to greeting you when you get home and turning on lights.
The platform itself is an important advantage this holographic assistant has. While other assistants slug-it-out behind a computer or mobile screen, Azuma Hikari can break ground as a three-dimensional interactive hologram suspended in a large glass cylinder. Using artificial intelligence, sensors, cameras, microphones, Wi-Fi and an Internet connection it interacts with you and its environment.
Technology is entertaining the idea of providing Senior Citizens with a robot companion that would be helpful or entertaining. But they somehow must get past a serious barrier first, most seniors are warm to the companion idea but worry about the potential loss of control. Even when these robotic-machines are designed to be almost human-like in their autonomy, most seniors react to them with fear, skepticism and other negative emotions.
To begin the introduction of a robotic-companion with a non-threatening hologram is a good place to start. After all, this is a project that will take years before serious acceptance becomes a real possibility.
As with all virtual AI assistants, they require all of your personal data to perform effectively and this is a huge stumbling block for possibly the biggest tech innovation of the century. To actually provide a machine all of your personal data, knowing the company that made the machine was going to sell the data it collects, would make anyone hesitate – no matter how helpful the machine.
But, somehow I’m sure a middle-ground agreement can be achieved to protect privacy. A crowdfunding effort is planned for later this year for this project.
Read Article (GloriaSt | itechfuture.com | 02/07/2016)
The impact of a machine that understands you and learns from your habits will stretch beyond the ability to ask your smartphone a question and get an answer. An artificially intelligent assistant could make everyday decisions far easier, or even take them over completely.
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