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If you haven’t been following the argument about the benefits vs the dangers of AI, you can get a real feel of the controversy from this summary of a very public stoush between Marc Zuckerberg and Elon Musk just a few months ago.

 

Then out comes this announcement from Google just a few days ago:

Google unveils AI that learns on its own”

It seems like science fiction has come alive!

Within just three days, AlphaGo was able to master thousands of years of human knowledge about the game Go before inventing its own better moves!  Read more details here:  “It’s able to create knowledge itself: Google unveils AI that learns on its own”  (The Guardian, October 19th 2017):

Pretty incredible!

The only difference though is the fact that this is real!

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Say hi to Saya:

CG picture of Saya
Now say hi to her parents Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa:

Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa

Saya was “born” just last year and is the pride and joy of her devoted parents.  She is, Mrs Ishikawa says, a typical 17 year old Japanese girl who “is humble and kind, a good student with a strong set of morals and ethics,” and encapsulates “the modern representation of kawaii” – being cute.

Saya is pretty and perfect.

And although it is hard to believe on first look,

Saya is a digital creation!

When Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa first started creating Saya in a Tokyo computer lab, they had plans for her to be a character in a short movie.  Inspired by the positive response when they first presented her to the public, a year on, the couple have quit their day jobs and with corporate backing are now working full time on their creation.

Last week, Saya made her debut appearance in a short animated video at CEATEC, a consumer electronics exhibition in Japan:

 

 

Read more about Saya in this BBC article: Saya: Big ambitions for Japanese ‘digital daughter’ or check out this lengthier video which seems to be a video of the display at the CEATEC exhibition.

 

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