15th January – NEONs

Among the most-discussed new concepts at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year was NEON.

What is a NEON?

  • The first project of Samsung’s Star Labs, NEONs are being called the world’s first artificial humans. They look and behave like real humans, and could one day develop memories and emotions — though from behind a 4K display.
  • The company says NEONs are computationally created virtual humans — the word derives from NEO (new) + humaN.
  • For now the virtual humans can show emotions when manually controlled by their creators. But the idea is for NEONs to become intelligent enough to be fully autonomous, showing emotions, learning skills, creating memories, and being intelligent on their own.

How do the NEONs work?

There are two core technologies behind his virtual humans.

  1. First, there is the proprietary CORE R3 technology that drives the “reality, real time and responsiveness” behind NEONs. The company claims CORE R3 “leapfrogs in the domains of Behavioral Neural Networks, Evolutionary Generative Intelligence and Computational Reality”, and is “extensively trained” on how humans look, behave and interact.
  2. The next stage will be SPECTRA, which will complement CORE R3 with the “spectrum of intelligence, learning, emotions and memory”.

How is it different from a virtual assistant?

  • Virtual Assistants now learn from all the data they are plugged into. NEONs will be limited to what they know and learn.
  • Their leaning could potentially be limited to the person they are catering to, and maybe her friends — but not the entire Internet.
  • They will not be an interface for you to request a song, rather they will be a friend to speak to and share experiences with

Significance of NEONs –

  • NEONs are the interface for technologies and services. They will answer your queries at a bank, welcome you at a restaurant, or read out the breaking news on television at an unearthly hour.
  • They can be a form of virtual assistance which would be more effective, for example, while teaching languages, as NEONs will be capable of understanding and sympathising.

SourceThe Indian Express

QUESTIONWhat do you mean by the term ‘NEONs’ in a virtual world? How are they different from a ‘virtual assistant’? Explain their significance?

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