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Nvidia-backed firm rolls out AI avatars that emotionally respond to text: All you need to know

Synthesia, an AI firm backed by Nvidia, has launched "Expressive Avatars," AI-driven digital characters that convey human emotions through text inputs.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Apr 28 2024, 13:14 IST
Nvidia-backed firm rolls out AI avatars that emotionally respond to text: All you need to know
With investment from leading firms, Synthesia aims to revolutionize the video production landscape. (McAfee)

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Synthesia, an AI firm supported by Nvidia, has introduced "Expressive Avatars," AI-generated digital characters capable of conveying human emotions through text inputs. This innovation is set to revolutionize the world of video production by reducing the need for cameras, microphones, actors, and lengthy editing processes.

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Bridging Virtual and Real Worlds

Based in London, Synthesia's studio employs actors to read scripts against a green screen, teaching the AI system to replicate human expressions and emotions. The "Expressive Avatars" were demonstrated by inputting simple text lines like "I am happy," "I am sad," and "I am frustrated," with the AI-generated actor responding in the respective emotional tones.

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Synthesia's technology has gained traction among over 55,000 businesses, including half of the Fortune 100 companies, using digital avatars for presentations and training videos. Established in 2017, the firm secured $90 million in funding last year at a valuation of approximately $1 billion, cementing its status as one of Britain's prominent AI unicorns. Notable investors include Accel, Kleiner Perkins, GV, FirstMark Capital, and MMC.

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Addressing Concerns and Ensuring Authenticity

Amid concerns about potential misuse, Synthesia has taken measures to ensure responsible use of its technology. Publishers must register as enterprise customers, and all content is subject to moderation. The company employs a "Know Your Customer" process akin to banking industry standards, preventing misuse by malicious entities.

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Synthesia is actively preparing for global elections, implementing controls to thwart attempts by hostile actors to manipulate outcomes. Additionally, the company collaborates with the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity, an AI consortium focused on implementing content credentials and digital "watermarking" to distinguish AI-generated content from human-made.

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Synthesia's innovative "Expressive Avatars" signify a significant leap in AI technology, bridging the gap between virtual and real-world interactions. With robust security measures in place, the company is poised to shape the future of digital content creation while safeguarding against potential misuse.

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First Published Date: 26 Apr, 10:47 IST
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