You can now chat with Albert Einstein thanks to artificial intelligence technology released by a New Zealand and US-based firm.
The famed theoretical physicist is now included in an online library of unique AI ‘companions’ who discuss topics with users to “recreate human interaction at infinite scale”.
UneeQ say that its Experiential AI is an example of “the next evolution of human-to-machine interaction”, which moves customers, patients, students, and end-users “beyond transactions and into meaningful, emotional interactions”.
The addition of Einstein is to help support people who may be struggling with loneliness due to isolation from family, friends and colleagues due to the pandemic.
Users can discuss various topics with Einstein, including his life’s work and research. You can also take part in a quiz that discusses the scientist’s life.
The release of the Einstein bot coincides with the 100th anniversary of his Nobel Prize in Physics.
Commenting on the new addition, Danny Tomsett, CEO of UneeQ, said: “Mental health and companionship are long-standing problems facing our society today, of which Covid-19 has significantly exacerbated.
“One of UneeQ’s core values is ‘Tech for Good’, and we are actively seeking ways to apply our innovative solutions to that cause.
“As part of our new Companions series, Digital Einstein, among other digital humans, can communicate with people in a way that comes most naturally – using conversation, human expressions, and emotional responses to best provide daily interactions that we hope make a difference in people’s lives.”
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In a statement, UneeQ discussed the importance of this technology during the pandemic: “The Digital Einstein experience was created as an opportunity to engage across multi-generations, but more specifically, provides a friendly face and personality for those most suffering from the continued isolation and loneliness felt during the past year.”
The rights to Einstein research and his voice, image, and mannerisms were provided to UneeQ by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Greenlight.
Yishai M. Fraenkel, Vice President and Director General, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “Albert Einstein, a founding father of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is considered one of the greatest scientists of all time. His work is the basis for our understanding of the universe and its development.
“We were delighted to work with UneeQ on this groundbreaking project, knowing that Einstein’s legacy continues to educate and guide the minds of tomorrow through interactive AI technology.”