Hong Kong, Jan 17, 2020 - After Samsung launched an "artificial human"called Neon, Microsoft announced that its Mandarin-speaking AI bot XiaoIce is testing its own virtual humans. They’re reportedly designed to be emotional companions and will all be female, like XiaoIce.
XiaoIce released a notice on Friday saying that Microsoft's Avatar Framework will start a trial on January 22. Each participant will interact with one of 999 "virtual girlfriends" customized to them, Microsoft tells us. Much like the XiaoIce social chatbot, the virtual humans are meant to provide companionship instead of solving problems like Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana. During the week-long evaluation, Microsoft will test how they do as emotional companions.
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