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AI Was Everywhere at CES Posted on : Jan 11 - 2020

Artificial intelligence was on the tip of the tongue this week at CES, the annual technology extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. From Samsung’s Neon avatars and LG’s smart washing machine, to Intel’s Tiger Lake processors and the gun-detecting PATSCAN, AI seemed to be everywhere.

Samsung’s research subsidiary, STAR Labs, unveiled its latest AI project, called Neon. Similar to a chatbot, Neon generates a photo-realistic digital avatar that interacts with people in real time. The South Korean technology giant plans to weave the Neons into people’s day-to-day lives, where the avatars will play the role of doctors, personal trainers, and TV anchors giving you the evening news.

The Neons look remarkably like real-life humans. In fact, Samsung admits on its website that the avatars are “beyond our normal perception to distinguish” from reality. “Neon is like a new kind of life,” STAR Labs CEO Pranav Mistry said in a news release. “There are millions of species on our planet and we hope to add one more.”

Whether the uncanny similarities will pose a problem for actual human consumers has yet to be seen; the Neons will beta later this year.

Intel made a slew of AI announcements around autonomous driving and mobile computing. It demonstrated its Mobileye car navigation technology and announced Tiger Lake, its new mobile processors that are embedded with AI accelerators.

It’s all about spreading AI far and wide, says Intel CEO Bog Swan. “How do we embed intelligence into everything that we make?” Swan said during a press conference this week. “Everything needs to be processed to make the data more relevant and useful.” View More