Welcome to the future (?)
Samsung-backed tech company Star Labs has officially rolled out their controversial project: the so-called ‘artificial humans‘ called Neon.
‘Neon is like a new kind of life,‘ said CEO Pranav Mistry, ‘There are millions of species on our planet and we hope to add one more.’ Sounds… interesting and totally not a dystopian movie plot.
Despite the hype, Neon’s purpose hasn’t been fully disclosed yet despite promo photos on its site that show a very diverse set of human avatars.
More of the website only vaguely touches on specifics, with Neon apparently supposed to show ‘emotions and intelligence‘ and respond ‘with the latency (response time) of less than a few milliseconds.’
Think Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant as ‘humans‘ – but not really though, as the website makes it clear that Neon is ‘Not An AI assistant. Not an interface to the Internet. Not a music player. Simply, a friend.’
We know, we know, it’s all pretty vague, but that’s pretty much what Star Labs has offered – which has made for a lot of people to call BS on the project.
The Verge claims that Neon is ‘more hype than hyper-futuristic‘ as press releases don’t explain their software like whether it’ll be 3D model or AI-powered. NYPost also pointed out Star Labs has been more focused on ‘misleading images‘ rather than the tech on hand.
All in all, there hasn’t been a full-on review of Neon and its specifics yet. Hell, we don’t even know what to expect. From what we’re seeing, it’s still full of hype and uncertainty – much like the future.