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Digital Transformation
AI company raises $105m to create people for 'digital' workforces
An Auckland based artificial intelligence company Soul Machines has raised $US70 million ($NZ105m) to meet growing demand for "digital people".
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Microsoft
Soul Machines and Microsoft partner to enhance AI solutions
AI humanisation company Soul Machines has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft, utilising Azure technology and further creating growth opportunities in the service AI field.
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Amazon Web Services / AWS
Soul Machines joins WHO to bring better health support and info to global public
Soul Machines has now officially joined WHO’s Access Initiative (AI) for Quitting Tobacco to help share WHO’s information during the COVID-19 pandemic and help more one billion tobacco users quit.
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Digital Assistants
Soul Machines launches Kiwi 'digital helper' in response to COVID-19 crisis
Known as Bella, the digital helper offers an interactive channel to provide New Zealand’s public with easily digestible, timely information and can be utilised by companies otherwise focused on relief efforts.
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Customer service
Soul Machines raises $40m, steps closer to global aspirations
“We look forward to continuing to work with Soul Machines as it scales and realises its global aspirations.”
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Chatbots
Soul Machines creates digital human for skincare firm SK-II
Meet YUMI, a digital human that can help sort out skincare needs.
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Artificial Intelligence
Soul Machines' virtual humans go mainstream
An Auckland AI firm renowned for its work creating ‘digital humans’ is now unleashing its creativity to the wider market.
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Digital Assistants
Soul Machines on a hot streak as more firms invest
Auckland-based hi-tech firm Soul Machines now has an extra US$2 million (NZ$3.07 million) windfall from one of its own parent companies, as part of a US$15 million funding drive.
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Awards
Soul Machines and Rocket Lab founders to be recognised at Kea Awards
The Awards are an opportunity to recognise the very best among New Zealand’s community of Kiwi innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
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Artificial Intelligence
Daimler hires Soul Machines’ digital human for customer service
Sarah combines artificial and emotional intelligence for a new experience which redefines the link between man and machine.
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Artificial Intelligence
Kiwi AI company’s digital human being tested at UK bank
While NatWest will only deploy Soul Machines’ technology if it successfully completes a pilot, it could be used to help free up time human advisors.
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Innovation
Souls Machines’ lifelike VR creation Baby X to feature at GridAKL Innovation Day
GridAKL’s footprint has expanded with two new buildings, Mason Brothers and the new purpose-built 12 Madden St which are now officially open.
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Artificial Intelligence
Air NZ’s digital human steals the show in Los Angeles
"We’re always looking for new ways to improve the travel experience and solve pain points with digital innovation..."
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Artificial Intelligence
Kiwi company paving the way to brave new AI world – PwC report
PwC’s Commercialising Innovation Report found AI will boost the global economy by $21.6 trillion by 2030.
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Machine Learning
No longer Sci-Fi, AI is something NZ needs to discuss
"The rapid development of AI technologies presents innumerable opportunities and challenges for New Zealand."