A new AI tool has been developed that uses deep learning techniques to create a human-like image of the human body.
Key points:The image is then processed by neural networks to create an accurate 3D model.
The human-shaped avatar can also interact with the user in a more natural way, such as through gesture or touch.
“We believe that AI is an important platform to build and create artificial intelligence tools,” Dr Andrew Hwang, the project lead, told the ABC.
“It’s an exciting time to be involved in AI research because of the number of technologies we have to create artificial intelligences.”
But it’s also an exciting opportunity to find and create tools that allow us to make human-type virtual interfaces and that we can share with other developers and use them in real life.
“The new project is the brainchild of Dr Hwang and his colleague, Dr Andrew Tien, who are both based in Sydney.
Dr Tien said the project was inspired by a conversation with an Australian university lecturer who asked what the future of artificial intelligence would look like.”
The lecturer said to me, ‘Well, what are you going to do with the AI that you’ve developed?’
And I said, ‘Oh, I’m going to build a 3D computerised version of myself and use my own brain to build it,'” Dr Tien recalled.”
He was like, ‘But wait, what about my brain?”’
And I said to him, ‘That’s a completely different problem altogether.”’
So I started thinking about how I might create a brain in a lab, and I came up with the idea of creating a neural network, which is a computer program that can be trained to generate neural representations of the body of a person.
“I was like ‘What are you talking about?’
He said, `It’s a neural net, not a computer!'”
So we thought, well, I need to learn about it first, then I’ll do it myself.”
And that’s exactly what we did.
We created a neural networking model, a brain model, which then went on to generate a 3-D human-looking avatar.
“Dr Hwang said the process took just a few days and involved learning from a series of images of people, and that the avatar could interact with other users using touch.
Dr Hang said the system was not meant to be a replacement for human interaction and that it would have to be used with a variety of other users.”
This is a very interesting way of using AI,” he said.”AI will become increasingly important in the future as we move towards AI as a service and we need to be able to create these interfaces that let us interact with our users.
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