Tag: synthetic reality

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AI brings dead Korean artist Shin Hae-chul back to the radio

South Korea may be the home of K-Pop superstars, but it’s making a strong play to also be the home of dead, AI-resuscitated singers too. We reported last December on TV shows based around dead artists ‘coming back’...
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Abba reveal new album and plans for avatar-focused concerts

It’s putting a lot on the shoulders of one group to cheer the world up during a global pandemic. However, Abba might be the band for the job.
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Soundr label launches with a focus on signing virtual artists

The boom in virtual influencers – computer-generated characters building audiences on the various social apps – has already crossed over into virtual music artists. Riot Games has launched several CG groups, for example,...
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Virtual influencer and artist Reah Keem stars in LG CES keynote

Reah Keem is an influencer and DJ; she has a SoundCloud for her own music; she wears ‘Stay Punk Forever’ hoodies… and she’s entirely virtual. Welcome to 2021, folks. Keem is the latest example of...
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Hatsune Miku online concert zooms past its Kickstarter goal

Long before Riot Games started creating virtual artists like K/DA and Seraphine, Japanese avatar star Hatsune Miku was playing stadium gigs. Now her creators are working on a big virtual concert based on her 'Miku Expo'...
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Deep Word is the latest startup creating synthetic video

The word ‘deepfake’ already has negative connotations: of people manipulating photos, audio and/or video for nefarious purposes. That’s why you’re going to hear the word ‘synthetic’ a lot in the coming months:...
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Riot Games created a new virtual influencer called Seraphine

Last month we reported on Riot Games, the publisher of esports game League of Legends, launching a new track for its virtual pop group K/DA. What we hadn't spotted, then, was a cover of the group's past hit 'Pop/Stars'...
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A tale of two synthetic reality startups: Hour One and Reface

We’re fascinated by the potential of ‘synthetic reality’, an area that brings together virtual reality, AI, ‘deepfakes’ and other technologies. Two more startups in the news this week offer some...