Virtual Humans - now out in Paperback!

 


Our Virtual Humans book is now out in paperback! Get it from Amazon and all good bookshops - COVID willing!

Sophia2020

 Looks like Hanson Robotics are releasing a new version of Sophia for "for research, academic and B2B applications".

Teaser video here

https://www.hansonrobotics.com/sophia-2020/

Frightening on so many levels :-)

AI Tech North Presentation

David's talk at AI Tech North on "Enriching Virtual Humans through the Semantic Web and Knowledge Graphs" is now available on video:



It's a 20min watch, and followed by another interesting session on analysis of language in social media use.

Virtual Humans - Thinkpiece Video

Earlier during lockdown I recorded a short talk on virtual humans inspired by the Virtual Humans book for our publishers.

Taylor and Francis have now posted the talk on their web site in their AI Knowledge Hub strand. You can view it at https://aibusiness.com/video.asp?section_id=803&doc_id=763252 or below:


My co-author, Prof Maggi Savin-Baden has a similar piece on Digital Afterlife at https://aibusiness.com/video.asp?section_id=803&doc_id=764214

Enjoy, and be interested to hear your thoughts.


Aura Blogpost - "From Virtual Personas to a Digital Afterlife"



David has a blog post on "From Virtual Personas to a Digital Afterlife" on the blog of the new Aura website/service- "designed to help you prepare your memories, important information and connect with loved ones before you die", part of the burgeoning digital afterlife/memorial sector but also looking to open up the conversations ahead of time.

You can read the blog post in full at: https://www.aura.page/articles/from-virtual-personas-to-a-digital-afterlife/

It's also interesting to compare some of the ideas in the post with Channel 4's recent documentary on Peter: The Human Cyborg as there certainly seems to be some common ground worth exploring.