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Daimler invests in NZ avatar developer Soul Machines

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Daimler Financial Services, the financial and mobility services arm of German car maker Daimler, has taken an unspecified "strategic investment" in New Zealand company Soul Machines, which has produced a digital-created human face able to speak text with intonation and facial expressions.

Soul Machines' chief business officer, Greg Cross, said the investment would put the company in a better position to quickly develop and test its technology in the automotive sector, in partnership with Daimler Financial Services.

The global CIO of Daimler Financial Services, Udo Neumann, announced the investment at the Gartner Symposium on Australia's Gold Coast, saying: “After successfully testing how artificial intelligence helps our employees better service customers, we are now investing in a disruptive technology to further enhance the customer experience.”   Read more ...>