From tracking moods to putting on a show, it’s AI-everything at CES

At CES, a French tech startup presented Emobot, an AI-powered device that monitors the emotional state of the elderly.

At CES, a French tech startup presented Emobot, an AI-powered device that monitors the emotional state of the elderly.

Entrepreneur Antony Perzo presents a small device called Emobot, which looks like a cross between a speaker and a piece of abstract art, and explains: “It’s a thermometer of emotions!”

Like hundreds of other exhibitors at CES, the world’s largest technology show, French developer Perzo is selling the merits of something that relies on the latest developments in artificial intelligence.

AI is a big debate at the Las Vegas tech extravaganza, with companies large and small unveiling anything from TVs to toothbrushes that rely on big data and connected computing to impress.

Perzo’s Emobot, displayed in the corner of the Venetian hotel of Sin City, is used to diagnose possible mental disorders in the elderly and can help nursing home caregivers to adjust treatment without waiting for the next visit from a psychiatrist.

The technology can “analyze small facial expressions” that show human emotions, itself an amplifier of “our mood and mind”, the engineer said.

In Last Vegas, AI-powered gadgets fill the hallways — there are AI bird feeders, baby strollers or anti-fatigue watches — so much so that some wonder if the trend is being oversold and used as a marketing ploy rather than a demonstration of real success.

But AI “isn’t just a buzzword to win CES bingo,” notes tech analyst Avi Greengart.

The technology “is used in smartphone cameras, in factories to detect defective products, in agriculture to identify weeds and spray them with weed killer. AI is here to stay,” he said.

Using AI to assess emotions is also the ambition of Emil Jimenez, who founded MindBank Ai “in search of immortality…so that my daughter can always ask her father a question.”

His app asks users to record their answers to deeply personal questions (“What does love mean to you?”) to “save your mind forever in the cloud.”

But the service has won over some users with the promise of knowing yourself better while you’re still alive. Today it can analyze voice recordings and one day he hopes his app will analyze your tone of voice to determine emotions.

Technology supported by Artificial Intelligence is the main theme of CES 2023, the annual show of gadgets in Las Vegas.

Technology supported by Artificial Intelligence is the main theme of CES 2023, the annual show of gadgets in Las Vegas.

‘Great opportunity’

AI can also be used to understand crowds. Canadian company Advanced Symbolics has developed Ask Polly, which uses social media to conduct market research in minutes.

The user asks a question—for example, “Is this a good time to buy a house?” or “Should underage criminals go to jail?” -and the program scans social networks such as Twitter, TikTok, Reddit and Instagram to assess public opinion on a large scale.

The big AI headlines lately have been on algorithms that make it possible to create original content with the click of a mouse.

The California company OpenAI impressed with ChatGPT, an easy-to-use software that produces a poem or a school story in seconds, and DALL-E that creates visual art.

After their revival, the French pioneer Imki designed a sound and light exhibition of an ancient Roman theater in the south of France using similar systems.

“This allows us to create content quickly with very low production costs”, says Marie Lathoud, Imki’s sales director.

Although he sees AI as a tool for artists, Saket Dandotia, director of operations at Magnifi, recognizes that so-called generative AI represents a threat to designers who will replace it, such as industrial robots.

AI tools like ChatGBT are “faster, less expensive,” Dandotia said.

His team developed Strobe, an automated video software. “For us, AI is a huge opportunity, which will revolutionize the entire creative design industry,” he said

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