ChatGPT with a face and voice: AI becomes more human!

By Steven, on March 11, 2023, updated on July 11, 2023 - 2 min read

Chatbots have the ability to generate text and hold a conversation almost like a “real” person, but until now, all exchanges were done in writing.

The Israeli firm D-ID has decided to change this by launching a new interface called Alice to interact with ChatGPT in person and with an animated avatar.

We explain everything.

The “human” avatar: An innovation that facilitates access to AI

This new interface was designed to facilitate access to AI for people who do not master the written word, as well as for the elderly. Indeed, it is easier for some people to have an oral conversation rather than a written one.

D-ID is offering a free trial limited to five conversations, each limited to six exchanges, and provided you create an account.

The firm should soon offer the ability to share chats, change the avatar and even use your own photos. It will also be possible to customize the model to imitate a character, for example Harry Potter or Albert Einstein.

Also read : Unplugged AI: Why are we not talking to robots?

The use of avatars: a gain in dimension and additional contact points

D-ID wants to develop an artificial intelligence capable of interacting with people through a human-like avatar. Adding the appearance and sound of voice would give users more dimensions and additional touch points.

Such a virtual assistant can help save the cost of hiring real people and be used for:

  • Customer service
  • Internal training
  • Reminder management
  • Scheduling
  • And debt collection

Numerous advantages linked to the development of voice chatbots

The virtual “guy” is inevitable and will eventually appear on our smartphones, in our AR viewers, in a box on our desktop or in our operating systems.

The benefits of developing voice chatbots are numerous. But we appreciate some of them more than others. In particular the fact that they are able to :

  • Significantly improve the user experience by providing a fast and personalized service 24 hours a day;
  • Improve productivity by automating certain tedious tasks;
  • Reduce the fixed costs of a company;
  • etc.

AI: The competition rages on

The demo presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona still has some delays, but the development of this innovation is underway and the competition is fierce.

Big companies like Google (with Bard) or Amazon are already working on their own version of an interactive voice chatbot. The AI race is clearly on, as we are at a turning point and whoever takes the lead will undoubtedly succeed in paving the way for other innovations, each more useful (and above all more lucrative) than the last.

While major corporations are making strides in AI technology, others, like Apple, are playing their cards closer to the vest. During the recent Apple AI Summit, the tech giant remained tight-lipped about their advancements in AI, contributing to the intrigue and speculation surrounding their plans. While not much is known about Apple’s foray into AI, their mysterious approach has piqued interest in the tech community and beyond. Will they compete in the chatbot market, or will their AI endeavors take a different direction? It remains to be seen.

In conclusion

The development of voice chatbots could well be considered as THE major technological trend in the coming years. The proof is, we already use ChatGPT in classrooms !

D-ID seems to be ahead of the curve with the successful launch of Alice. This innovation could well revolutionize the way we use virtual assistants in our daily lives.