GuestXR partners from Reichman University hold a seminar on social and legal implications of Artificial Intelligence

GuestXR partners from the Advanced Reality Lab of Reichman University, in collaboration with the Sammy Ofer School of Communication, have organised a symposium on Artificial Intelligence, open to a wide audience, on April 23rd, 2023.

The event, which included various talks and a discussion panel, aimed to share and discuss the implications of the latest developments in generative Artificial Intelligence, gathering top-notch experts in this field.

The seminar also included a public demonstration, introduced by Doron Friedman, where Prof. Gurit Birnbaum, a world expert in research on sex and intimacy, sat with an augmented reality (AR) virtual avatar of Sigmund Freud for a date in front of a live audience. Prof. Birnbaum interacted with him, being able to hold a conversation and provide structured answers to her questions.

You can watch the full video of the demo here:

This virtual Sigmund Freud was visible only through a Quest Pro mixed reality device, which was projected on screen. The avatar included body language, lip sync, eye contact and conversation abilities based on OpenAI.

This demonstrates, for the first time, the possibility of seamless social interaction with virtual humans, enhanced by AI, in augmented reality. The GuestXR project envisages the possibility of such AR-enabled gatherings, whereby all participants wear AR glasses, and The Guest can attend as an AI-enhanced virtual human and take part in the conversation.