Source: The Economic Times India
Neon, the artificial human prototype conceptualised by computer scientist and inventor Pranav Mistry, created waves recently. The President and CEO of Samsung’s STAR Labs told ET’s Surabhi Agarwal in an exclusive interview that he created Neon because human beings are unable to connect with artificial intelligence (AI) assistants such as Apple’s Siri. The Palanpur (Gujarat)-born Mistry, considered one of the best innovative minds in the world right now, said Neon will be a companion to the elderly and to those who are lonely and could even work as fashion models or news anchors. The 38-yearold also spoke about the dangers posed by AI, echoing Google parent Alphabet Inc’s chief Sundar Pichai who recently called upon governments to regulate AI. Edited Excerpts:When you started thinking about Neon, what was the problem you were trying to solve?Two years ago, when we started thinking about it … (we wanted to) push the boundaries of science so that the machine interfaces become just like humans.