Entrepreneur Antoni Parzo introduced a tiny device called the Amobot, which resembles a cross between a speaker and a small work of art, explaining: “It’s an emotional thermometer!”
Like hundreds of other exhibitors at CES, the world’s largest technology fair, French engineer Perzo touts an object that takes advantage of the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI).
AI is taking center stage at the Las Vegas expo, with companies of all sizes looking to impress by unveiling everything from TVs to toothbrushes that incorporate big data and connectivity.
Parzo’s Imobot, displayed in a corner of the Venetian Hotel in the capital of Sin, is being used to detect possible mental disorders in older people and help carers in nursing homes adjust treatment without waiting for a psychiatrist. Could
The technology is capable of “analyzing facial microexpressions” that reflect human emotions, which are a reflection of “psychological and mental states,” the engineers say.
Nufa, another company, defines itself as “the leader in body transformation through AI”.
The mobile app allows users to edit photos to look slim and athletic, and prompts them to follow a 90-day plan to get “in real life” results.
In Las Vegas, AI-powered gadgets and gizmos litter the halls. There are bird feeders, baby strollers or anti-fatigue watches, to the point that some wonder if the phenomenon is being overstated.
However, AI “isn’t just a gimmick to win CES bingo,” says technology analyst Avi Greengart.
“The technology is used in smartphone cameras, to detect defective products in factories, to identify seeds in agriculture, and to spray herbicides,” he said.
Using AI to detect emotions is also an ambition of Emil Jiménez, who founded Mindbank AI “in search of immortality (…) so that my daughter can always ask her father questions.”
His app asks its users to record answers to deeply personal questions (such as “What does love mean to you?”) to “store your thinking in the cloud forever” and create a digital twin.
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Artificial intelligence can also be used to understand the crowd. Canadian company Advance Symbolics developed AskPoly, which crawls social media to do market research in minutes.
The user asks you a question, for example “Is it a good time to buy an apartment?” or “Should underage offenders go to prison?”, and the show scans social networks such as Twitter or Instagram to gauge public opinion at large.
But AI’s brightest recent star is an app that uses algorithms that make it possible to create original content at the click of a button.
OpenAI, a California-based company, has caused a sensation with ChatGPT, a simple and easy-to-use software capable of generating anything from poetry to academic essays in seconds following a simple instruction, and Dall-e, Which does the same with visual art creations.
On the same path is the company Emki, which used similar programs to create a sound and light show for an ancient Roman theater in the south of France.
“This allows us to create content quickly with very low production costs,” says Marie Lathoud, marketing director at Imky.
While she sees artificial intelligence as a tool for artists, Saket Dandotia, chief operating officer of Magnify, acknowledges that so-called generative AI poses a threat to designers, just as robots did in factories.
AI tools like ChatGPT are “faster, less expensive,” says Dandotia.
His team created Strobe, an automated video software. “For us, AI is a huge opportunity that will transform the entire creative design industry,” he predicted.