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Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone

By The New York Times

November 13, 2023

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San Francisco-based startup Humane, founded by former Apple employees, is pinning its hopes on what's being billed as the first artificially intelligent (AI) device.

Designed to replace the smartphone, the Ai Pin, reminiscent of the badges worn in Star Trek, can be controlled by speaking aloud, tapping a touch pad, or projecting a laser display onto the palm of a hand.

The device’s virtual assistant can send a text message, play a song, snap a photo, make a call, or translate a real-time conversation into another language.

The system relies on AI to help answer questions and can summarize incoming messages with a simple command, among other things.

Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, Humane’s husband-and-wife founders, see a future with less dependency on the screens that their former employer helped make ubiquitous.

Said Chaudhri, "[AI] can create an experience that allows the computer to essentially take a back seat."

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