Last year’s Spring Festival Gala on China’s state broadcaster (CCTV) featured four well-known human hosts—Beining Sa, Xun Zhu, Bo Gao, and Yang Long—alongside their digital twins.
With an estimated billion people watching, the A.I. copies mimicked their human counterparts without pre-scripted behaviors, speeches or routines.
There are a number of startups building customizable, trainable platforms that are capable of learning from you—and then representing you online via personal digital twins. ObEN created the twins for CCTV, while Molly, a Y Combinator-backed startup, answers questions via text. The near-future could include digital twins for professionals across a range of fields, including health and education.
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