South Korean company DeepBrain, known primarily for its digital copies of real people, has successfully completed a funding round that raised $44 million.
The startup creates and sells a rather unusual product – based on patented algorithms with elements of artificial intelligence, DeepBrain clones the general facial expressions, gestures and conversation style of specific people. These digital clones can then live their own lives and perform various tasks at the request of the customer.
The creators of these synthetic people believe their technology is especially useful for news TV channels, politicians, banks and retail companies.
The most striking example of DeepBrain’s work is the virtual model of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The startup used the politician’s public speaking to create a highly accurate digital copy that can now be used for public speaking. In the meantime, the real president can do other work, and no one will notice the difference.
But the synthetic copy of the president is just a demonstration of the capabilities of these technologies. DeepBrain emphasizes that it does not intend to use Moon Jae In’s digital copy for commercial or destructive purposes. The company said it operates in a “much more sterile and reliable environment.”
When DeepBrain receives commercial orders from various companies, the startup invites the person, on the basis of which the virtual avatar will be created, to their studio. This person is filmed by several cameras at the same time, while he is reading a prepared text with different phonemes, at this time he can shake hands and behave naturally.
After recording the data, DeepBrain specialists use it for machine learning. Artificial intelligence uses the recorded script and captured video to create a digital clone of the character, at this stage combining facial expressions and gestures with voice. As a result of all this, an exact digital copy of a person is obtained – voice data is synchronized with facial expressions, and hands and body move naturally. The digital copy can then speak arbitrary text, and the result is output in video format.
After DeepBrain introduced its platform, a number of large clients became interested in it. The startup is already partnering with Korean media brands MBN, Metro News and LG HelloVision, online education companies, and Kookmin Bank.
Now the platform is completely ready, and DeepBrain has taken on the development of AI bankers that can replace loan officers and ordinary employees, providing detailed advice to bank clients. Then the startup intends to tackle the creation of digital lawyers who can handle basic cases. And this year, DeepBrain’s synthetic humans are taking part in the MWC 2021.