Reah Keem, a virtual human from LG will take center stage at CES 2021

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
Reah Keem
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South Korean electronics manufacturer LG Electronics is all set to feature a virtual speaker to deliver a presentation at the all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 to show off its artificial intelligence (AI) prowess.  

An artificial human named Reah Keem is expected to deliver a three-minute presentation for its press event at one of the most influential tech events in the world.

LG designed the virtual human, Reah Keem as a 23-year-old female living in Seoul, the capital of South Korea who is also a musician and a social media influencer. The name “Reah” includes the meaning of a “child from the future.” Reah’s Instagram page has already garnered more than 5,000 followers.

It is still unknown what Reah will speak about and how LG plans to use this virtual human in the future. In its statement, LG officials stated that “We are reviewing various plans and will disclose them when they become concrete in the future.”

LG did ratify that the virtual human will not engage or have any conversations with the participants during the event.

Last year’s CES saw another tech giant from the region, Samsung Technology and Advanced Research Labs introduce its own AI chatbot in a human-like form called NEON. Samsung described Neons as “friends, collaborators, and companions” who continually learn, evolve, and form memories from their interactions.”

Artificial Intelligence (AI)-generated digital avatars aren’t a new thing in the South Asian region. Chinese state news agency Xinhua has debuted a digital version of its anchor Qiu Hao called Xin Xiaohao who could read news headlines back in November 2018.

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