The digital domain gives AI a face with “Zoey”, the most

STUTTGART, Germany, May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today at FMX, Academy Award-winning VFX studio and leader in digital human technology, Digital Domain, announces ‘Zoey’, the world’s most advanced autonomous human. world. Powered by machine learning and created using an advanced version of the technology and process that helped bring Thanos to the big screen, photorealist Zoey can engage in conversations with multiple participants at once, remember people, accessing the internet to answer questions and more, paving the way for the next stage of AI evolution.

“With the potential of the metaverse and the continued advancements in AI, the desire to interact face-to-face with autonomous humans becomes more important and a part of modern life,” said Daniel Seah, Global CEO of Digital Domain. “For decades, Digital Domain has pioneered digital human technology, and Zoey takes the concepts of virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri several steps further, creating digital help you can truly interact with.”

Building on its proof-of-concept autonomous human, “Douglas”, Zoey is the result of years of research and development from the award-winning visual effects house, led by its in-house Digital Humans group. Zoey’s physical appearance is based on actress Zoey Moses, who worked with Digital Domain to create a full set of facial movements and mannerisms, as well as a full range of emotional expressions. Using this data and its proprietary “Charlatan” facial animation tool – recently seen in blockbuster films, including the Oscar nominee free guy — the artists were able to take real images of Moses and create a flexible digital face, able to react in real time.

To give Zoey her personality, Digital Domain used several forms of machine learning to ensure she could understand most questions and formulate appropriate answers, then access the internet (or stored data) to get her answer. . But rather than just giving a verbal or textual response, Zoey can truly move. If a question is confusing, she will look perplexed; if someone tells her a joke, she will smile. Throughout a conversation, Zoey moves and fidgets based on her responses, and even gets upset when interrupted. She can engage with participants, ask them questions and opinions, and facial recognition software allows her to recognize and remember people. Chatbots can also be added, giving Zoey the ability to quickly assume the role of an established virtual assistant for deployment in hospitality, the service industry and more.

To provide Zoey with a robust and flexible voice system that can do more than just recite scripted responses, Digital Domain used AI-powered text-to-speech technology from WellSaid Labs. Using tools from WellSaid Labs, Zoey can access a vast vocabulary of words and phrases, ensuring that no answer is beyond her ability to vocalize. There are also several options to control the tone of her responses, including different levels of enthusiasm to reflect the purpose of the interactions. For a retail environment, for example, a more upbeat approach would be needed, where a conversation would be more level. Zoey also has the ability to expand her speaking abilities by incorporating multiple language packs, making her fully bilingual.

Once Zoey is “educated” and ready to interact with the real world, she can then be added to multiple platforms, including custom systems built by potential users or game engines like Unity and game software. EpicGames. For today’s FMX introductory presentation, Zoey can be seen racing in real-time on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.

“Over the past 30 years, Digital Domain has been one of the global leaders behind some of the most sophisticated and memorable visual effects ever seen, so it was only natural for us to become a leader in digital and virtual humans and to create ‘Zoey,’ the world’s most advanced autonomous human being,” said John Fragomeni, Global President of Digital Domain. “We will continue to push the boundaries of visual effects in all areas and on all screens, so that we’re looking for ways to give people a better experience, regardless of medium or broadcast platform.”

Zoey will be available under license from Digital Domain in the near future.

About the digital domain
Digital Domain creates genre experiences that entertain, inform and inspire. Over the past quarter century, the studio has established itself as a leader in the cinematic visual effects industry, expanding to encompass episodes, commercials, and game cutscenes, while embracing preview and production. Virtual. Digital Domain has also become a digital human and virtual reality pioneer, adding to a rich legacy of hundreds of blockbuster feature films for every major studio, thousands of commercials, music videos, game cutscenes and digital content by world-renowned directors and directors. brands.

A creative force in visual effects and premium content, Digital Domain has brought art and technology to films, including Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and blockbusters Loan player one, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Staff artists have won over 100 major awards, including Oscars, Clios, BAFTAs and Cannes Lions.

Digital Domain has successfully become the first independent visual effects studio to enter Greater China. In 2018, Digital Domain acquired one of China’s pioneers and leaders in VR hardware equipment – VR Technology Holdings Ltd, Shenzhen (“3Glasses”).

Digital Domain has offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Hyderabad. Digital Domain Holdings Limited is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 547).

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