Huawei already has its personal voice-activated digital assistant for its merchandise in China, identical to Apple has Siri, Samsung has Bixby and Google has Google Assistant. However now, it plans to push the bounds of its digital assistant and equip it with an “emotional quotient” – one thing that’s nonetheless missing in most digital assistants.
“We need to present emotional interactions. We expect that, sooner or later, all our finish customers want they will work together with the system within the emotional mode. That is the route we see in the long term,” Felix Zhang, Vice chairman of software program engineering at Huawei instructed CNBC.
Zhang was speaking on the firm’s latest annual world analyst summit that was held in Shenzhen, China, the place Huawei was speaking about its future plans for its AI service, which might have its digital assistant really feel a spread of feelings identical to how it’s portrayed in some sci-fi films.
The staff of builders at Huawei who’re working within the new assistant appear to have drawn their inspiration from the 2013 sci-fi film ‘Her’ the place a lonely single man in his 40s develops a relationship with an AI known as Samantha.
Huawei desires its assistant to sound extra human-like and maintain the conversations going so far as doable. This may solely be doable if the AI can perceive the advanced human feelings.
However whereas main OEMs like Apple, Samsung, LG and now Huawei are working arduous to develop an AI that may act and assume like people, it additionally raises issues a few prophetic AI invasion, which many within the tech world have foreseen as having a devastating aftermath.
Elon Musk, who’s also called the Tony Stark of the real-world, has opined that within the age of AI, people would create “an immortal dictator from which we might by no means escape.”
The prospect of an emotionally-equipped AI additionally brings the query of human-to-human relationships and interactions which can absolutely take a success, particularly contemplating the present state of affairs.
Nonetheless, we’re nonetheless but to see AI attain that degree of intelligence and Huawei’s efforts to make an “emotionally clever” AI are solely within the infancy and will probably be years till we see a really emotionally potent AI. Till then, we will simply benefit from the potentialities that AI has to supply and on the similar time debate on the assorted dangers that it might set off.
Jeh Kumar is a veteran of creating and managing digital content to build relationships for organizations and individuals.