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Second Life? Create Your Own AI-driven Avatar 

Second Life? Create Your Own AI-driven Avatar  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

ObEN (Israel) has a new AI product. The process is easy. The user can simply download a free app, take a selfie and speak a sentence or two into the smartphone. That information is used to create a digital copy, or what the company, ObEN, calls its Personal AI, that looks and sounds just like the user. Over time, it even begins to act like you.

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Can #VR Help Interface with Endangered Pacific Languages?

Can #VR Help Interface with Endangered Pacific Languages? | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Over the past 15 years, researchers from Australian universities have been digitalising recordings of languages and storing them in the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC). The database has documented more than 6,000 hours of recordings from over 1,000 languages. Earlier this year, Dr Thieberger, Dr Rachel Hendry — a lecturer in digital humanities — and media artist Dr Andrew Burrell created a virtual reality experience using files from the database. Audiences don a pair of virtual reality goggles, allowing them to "fly across" Pacific nations such as Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

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Using VR to make access to endangered languages more interesting, engaging, rewarding. Could be used by any language, linked to a database of knowledge. This is just the beginning...

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