Check out this clip of Bill Hader doing a Tom Cruise impression. The video demonstrates a "deepfake"— an AI technique used to make Hader's face, expressions and all, look exactly like Tom Cruise. It's simultaneously creepy and entertaining, with implications that extend far beyond the world of entertainment.
"Lines blur, or no longer matter, and our human experience is enhanced, augmented, and challenged, by our interactions with intelligent machines."
Take, for example, Miquela. She's a hip, progressive Instagram influencer with 2.6M followers. She reps Calvin Klein. Her last post got 50K likes and 500+ comments. And she's completely fabricated, conjured by an LA-based AI startup called Brud. The startup reportedly raised $20-30M at a $125M valuation last year.
Another example: Mystic Messenger is a virtual world where you can chat with and date other people—a dating app blended with an MMORPG. Except, all of the other "people" are actually robots, programmed to have personalities. These "dating sims" are real-life versions of the movie Her, with some players spending 6+ hours a day on the app.
In the early 2010s, we quickly transitioned to living in front of our screens. But we rarely questioned whether the people we were interacting with were human. As synthetic reality creeps into actual reality, that's likely to change.
Seated, a restaurant booking platform that rewards customers with gift cards for dining out, has raised $30 million in funding. It also acquired VenueBook, a platform for event planners to reserve space at restaurants and other venues. Though the coronavirus still has restaurants closed for indoor dining in many major cities, Seated is solidifying itself as a necessity for restaurants— helping them to gain diners while also allowing restaurants to rent their space for events.
Attabotics, a warehouse fulfillment startup that uses robots to retrieve items, announced a $50 million Series C. Attabotics is most notable for its "3D" storage system— its wheeled carts are capable of moving on an X, Y or Z axis across a warehouse. The technology also helps companies save on warehouse space, as its robots can traverse containers that are stacked on top of each other.
Root AI, a Boston-based robotics startup that helps farmers pick produce, announced a seed round of $7.2 million. The company's robot, named Virgo, is different from other produce-picking robots in the sense that it can adapt— Virgo's dexterity and soft grippers are designed to work with different plants. There are currently two units deployed in California fields, with plans for additional robots arriving later this year.
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