NEWS: 'Digital human' tech to showcase Kiwi innovation globally (NBR)

NBR has featured an interview of Vodafone’s Helen van Orton - Customer Operations Director - about why they’re using FaceMe’s Digital Human platform to evolve their customer experience.

Excerpt from NBR:

A new “digital human” customer service system won’t replace Vodafone’s humans but will display Kiwi innovation on a global scale.

Vodafone will be the first global telecommunications company to launch what it calls an Intelligent Digital Human (IDH), powered by New Zealand technology company FaceMe. The IDH, whose identity will be revealed in the coming months, will enable customers to benefit from self-service options and free up time for staff to address more complex customer needs.

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NEWS: I can’t be in three places at once: but cloned banker shows you can

Source: The Times UK

Source: The Times UK

The Times, London, has featured FaceMe’s Digital Human for UBS bank.

UBS clients will be able to call up a video image of Daniel Kalt, which has been programmed to answer questions that the real Mr Kalt has schooled it to deliver.

The clone has been hailed as a development that could redefine the delivery of advice and the future of work itself. It is believed to be the first time that a global bank has offered an avatar of a top executive to clients.

UBS used Face Me, a New Zealand artificial intelligence company, with IBM to build the digital clone. It was created after images of Mr Kalt’s head were recorded for half a day, using more than 120 high-definition professional cameras on a special scanning rig. The digital rendering is of such detail that some clients might think that they are looking at a video of a real person on a conference call, although the experience is designed not to deceive them.

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NEWS: Robot investment advice arrives using New Zealand technology


NewsHub has featured FaceMe’s Digital Human platform, used most recently for UBS bank.

The age of so-called 'robot investment advice' is here with a Swiss bank using Kiwi technology to roll out a digital financial adviser.

And it's not just any human. The bank's chief economist, Daniel Kalt, has been copied so he can be called to offer his opinion to wealthy clients, wherever they are in the world.

The Swiss bank is offering the avatar  - developed by Kiwi company FaceMe  - to clients who come in for a consultation.

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NEWS: Swiss bank digitally ‘clones’ chief economist

The NY Post has featured a FaceMe designed Digital Human for UBS bank.

It’s the perfect employee.

A Swiss investment bank has digitally cloned its chief economist — so he can help multiple clients with urgent questions, all at the same time.

UBS is offering the avatar of Daniel Kalt to 100 clients at its branch in central Zurich, as part of a trial run for a project known as UBS Companion, according to reports.

The digital likeness was created after taking pictures of Kalt’s head in a half-day-long photoshoot using 120 HD cameras on a special scanning rig, the Australian Financial Review reported.

FaceMe, an artificial intelligence company, built the igital vatar for UBS using IBM technology.

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NEWS: UBS digitally cloned its chief economist so he wouldn't miss his meetings

Source: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Source: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Fortune magazine has featured a FaceMe designed Digital Human for UBS bank.

UBS Chief Economist Daniel Kalt is in very high demand. So, the Swiss investment bank decided to clone him, digitally at least. Now through a rendering captured by more than 120 high-definition cameras in over a full day of shooting, the company can have Kalt (or at least his likeness) meet with multiple clients at a time via interactive video chat, without ever even stepping foot in the conference room.

New Zealand artificial intelligence expert FaceMe was hired to create the interactive avatar of Kalt that will meet with clients via television screen. UBS told the Financial Review that the project, called UBS Companion, is about “trying to find the best possible combination of human and digital touch.”

The Kalt clone will meet with 100 clients in the Bellevue branch in central Zurich in the near future. 

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NEWS: UBS creates digital clone of its chief economist

USB interacting with their new AI assistant Dani

USB interacting with their new AI assistant Dani

The Australian Financial Review features FaceMe’s work for UBS.

It's a move that could redefine the delivery of advice and the future of work itself: UBS has created a digital clone of its Swiss chief economist, Daniel Kalt. 

It could be the first time any global bank has created an avatar of a staff member to put before clients to answer their questions. 

UBS has trained 10 advisors in its Bellevue branch in central Zurich, to use the digital semblance of Mr Kalt, who will soon be put it in front of 100 clients in the private bank. 

"In the future, we could see UBS advisers in thousands of different rooms, all with Daniel Kalt available as a digital human," said Mark Fitzgerald, the director of government and enterprise at FaceMe, the New Zealand-based AI company that built the avatar for UBS with IBM. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: FaceMe wins $100 000 investment in Silicon Valley tech competition

Prizegiving at Launch Festival, Sydney.

Prizegiving at Launch Festival, Sydney.

FaceMe believes digital humans are the future of customer service – and the judges at LAUNCH Festival Sydney agree, on Wednesday awarding  FaceMe ‘Best in category’ and $100 000 in investment as well as an opportunity to participate in the Launch Incubator programme in San Francisco.

LAUNCH Festival has been hosted in Silicon Valley, San Francisco annually for over a decade, attracting 15 000 attendees. This week, the event made its international debut in Sydney, Australia.

TV: Tech Biz, Sky News, features FaceMe’s Sophie


FaceMe's Sophie has made Sky News in Australia. 

FaceMe, creators of the first human-like interface powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to be used in Australasian banking, was at CEBIT 2018  to showcase digital humans. FaceMe believes digital humans are the future of banking, and we had Sky News’ Chris Griffiths visit our stand to cover the action.

Watch the full segment from 9:30 onwards here