Avatars as a Service

As the labor shortage continues to plague the workplace, we’ll be looking at humans working alongside robots, avatars, and AI to pick up the slack. Two Israeli companies are deep into using AI to automate communications at scale.

Hour One creates synthetic humans based on real faces. It lets you record yourself speaking (or type your narrative) and then combines your words with one of its many rented faces (yes, you can rent them your face and receive small micropayments when your facial image is used). It turns your words into an AI-generated human-looking avatar that can handle multiple languages and scenarios. Great for training, reception, sales and also for event information kiosks. To create a character, Hour One uses a high-resolution 4K camera to film a person talking and making different facial expressions in front of a green screen.

Hour One creates a synthetic person with a face of your choosing. It offers micropayments to those who rent their face.
Image credit: Hour One

Another Israeli company, Deepdub, is using AI to create localized content from a single piece of recorded content. Think of it as AI powered dubbing to multiple languages. Deepdub takes two to three minutes of the original actors’ voice data and uses that to generate a model that translates the characteristics of the original voice into the target languages. Can’t wait to hear Judy Garland’s true voice saying “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” in Japanese. And imagine the 6’oclock news automatically translated into the language of your choice. 

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