Neon, the Samsung-funded AI project, will spill its details at CES 2020

2 years agoid=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> Samsung’s Neon company has a booth Sunday at CES Unveiled, but it’s not actually unveiling its technology there. Instead we have to wait until Tuesday.

Roger Cheng/CNET This story is part of CES 2020, our complete coverage of the showroom floor 파라오카지노 and the hottest new tech gadgets around. CES 2020 has barely started in Las Vegas, but it seems like everyone’s already talking about one company: Neon, a mysterious new venture funded by Samsung. 

The company has been tweeting out teasers over the past three weeks, hinting at something new to come. “Have you ever met an ‘Artificial?'” Neon tweeted several times since its Twitter account launched in December. Its LinkedIn page says it’s “bringing science fiction to reality” and has “the mission to imagine and create a better future for all.” 

Heading into CES, little was known about Neon, beyond the fact it’s run by Pranav Mistry, the Samsung research exec who in October was named CEO of Samsung’s Bay Area-based Technology and Advanced Research Labs (aka STAR Labs). 

Now playing: Watch this: CES 2020 features unexpected exhibitors 1:22 On Saturday, Mistry tweeted out two photos of what appears to be an avatar (or “artificial human?”) that he called “CORE R3.” And unlisted videos, spotted on Reddit and compiled into a video by the Good Content tech page on YouTube, show various other human-like avatars that look a lot like real people.

“It can now autonomously create new expressions, new movements, new dialog (even in Hindi), completely different from the original captured data,” Mistry tweeted.

Flying to CES tomorrow, and the code is finally working 🙂 Ready to demo CORE R3. It can now autonomously create new expressions, new movements, new dialog (even in Hindi), completely different from the original captured data. pic.twitter.com/EPAJJrLyjd

— Pranav Mistry (@pranavmistry) January 5, 2020 The hints have caused people to speculate on what Neon could actually be. Could it be a replacement for Samsung’s Bixby smart digital assistant? (Neon shot that theory down pretty quickly.) Will it show up on Samsung devices? Does this mean we’re soon going to be living in a real-life version of HBO’s Westworld?

Many Samsung watchers expected the company to unveil Neon at its CES keynote Monday at 6:30 p.m. PT. But Neon won’t actually be a part of the keynote. 

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Reps at Neon’s booth at CES Unveiled, an exhibition of various tech companies held Sunday at the Mandalay Bay conference center in Las Vegas, stressed that while Neon was formed out of Samsung’s research arm, it’s not really a part of Samsung, the electronics giant. They handed out passes to get a demo of Neon’s technology on Tuesday at the earliest.

Samsung is among the tech giants have been making a big push to make our devices smarter. The so-called internet of things, or IoT, embraces the notion that everything around us should communicate and work together. The aim is to make life easier, 솔레어카지노 letting us do things like close our garage doors while we’re away or get an alert from our refrigerators when we’re out of milk. But many of our devices still don’t talk to each other, and they’re often not as smart as promised. 

Neon’s mystique

As companies like Google, Amazon and, yes, Samsung have discovered, the key to actually making smart devices useful is packing in artificial intelligence, typically in the form of voice assistants. Every tech heavyweight is investing in these assistants because they’re heralded as the future of how we’ll interact with our gadgets. The ultimate promise for the smart technology is to predict what you want before you even ask — or make you forget you’re not interacting with a real human. 

Two years ago, Samsung said it would spend $22 billion on AI by 2020 and would employ 1,000 AI specialists by the same time frame. It has opened AI centers around the globe to work on solving problems for making technology smarter.

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