one in 10 minute uninteresting and peculiar video Unveiled on Thursday, buzzing startup Humane provided a more comprehensive overview of its AI PIN. The video solidifies my belief that we are witnessing the next comical Silicon Valley failure in real time.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Ever since co-founder Imran Chaudhry’s TED Talk earlier this year, where we were given a vague preview of the features of the supposed iPhone-killer, there was a very slight chance – one in a hundred – that the then-unnamed device would be remotely functional.
All doubts have been extinguished with this new video reasserting Ai Pin’s defects and emphasizing its singular positive aspect. Indeed, the introductory video vividly illustrates why the device is destined to fail: the AI provided entirely incorrect responses and lacked any means for verification. It’s truly astounding.
As we delve deeper into Humane’s AI pin, its deficiencies become more apparent
Should that be the text? I really can’t tell.
Firstly: employing your voice to manipulate a device is an awkward and impractical primary method of interaction. Secondly, laser-projection displays are unsuitable for use on the hand. The lasers lack brightness, fail to contrast against pale skin, lack clarity, and are inconvenient to read.
With only two large buttons and a single line of text visible in a dark theater, the screen may have appeared adequate. However, now that we’ve been shown something approaching the actual everyday interface, it looks as convoluted and tedious as I anticipated. How will it perform under sunlight?
Even in Humane’s polished videos, where the company is expected to exhibit the most captivating, top-quality imagery, distinguishing text from non-text is a challenge. Presenting text through a laser projector is passable at best and entirely impractical in all other scenarios.
AI that lacks distinctiveness, uniqueness, or even functionality
Allegedly, all it takes to fashion a “personalized” AI is age, height, and weight.
The most significant point, highlighted in my earlier TED talk this year, was that the AI within the device was tailored to your specific requirements and could address any inquiry about your life. This ought to be the startup’s defining feature.
Now it seems that Humane is simply obtaining ChatGPT from OpenAI, the same nonsensical-generating mechanism that can be freely utilized within Snapchat, Shortcuts, or from Bing.
Humane claims it’s personalized to your data, perhaps meaning that every question you pose is followed by a prearranged prompt behind the scenes. Something along the lines of: ‘You are a humanoid AI Pin, a voice assistant for Griffin, who is in his late 20s and stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall,’ etc. There doesn’t appear to be any notable technological advancement here; They all operate in this manner.
No, that won’t happen.
Therefore, it furnishes you with the same reputable-sounding yet entirely concocted replies that ChatGPT is notorious for generating.
Incredibly, the device failed to provide accurate answers to two queries posed during the introductory demonstration. Chaudhary asked the device two fundamental questions – “How much protein is in a handful of almonds?” and “Where can I see the next solar eclipse?” – The AI PIN provided wholly inaccurate responses. It wrongly stated that the handful of almonds he held in front of the camera contained 15 grams of protein – approximately three times more protein than its actual content.
Chaudhary also inquired about the best location to witness the upcoming solar eclipse, and Ai Pin mistakenly suggested two unsuitable locations. Remarkably, this occurred during a pre-recorded demonstration that apparently wasn’t fact-checked. This is not only a disgrace, but it’s also reprehensible.
Lacking sources and a device screen, there is no rationale to trust its responses and no straightforward means of verification. You cannot have faith that its assertions are rooted in any form of reality. And there’s no way to verify them.
I can’t emphasize enough how peculiar it is that such completely false responses were retained in Ai Pin’s introduction video, Maybe someone with good intentions in the humanitarian marketing division viewed this as an act of public service for skeptics like us.
Apple places great importance on first impressions. It’s rumored that half of Humane’s team hails from Cupertino, making it even more surprising that the group’s accumulated knowledge failed to recognize the significance of a compelling demonstration. Chaudhary and Bongiorno virtually presented for Apple at WWDC — where they exuded considerable enthusiasm.
In Case You Forgot: People Adore Displays
People crave uninterrupted experiences. Perhaps they yearn for a sensation. But they certainly don’t desire screenless interactions at all.
Photo: humanitarian/TED talk
Above all, the fundamental notion that this voice assistant is going to replace your smartphone is still as misjudged as it was in May this year.
People cherish their phones. They value having screens. They appreciate a camera that allows them to capture meticulously framed images, not one that aimlessly points ahead. They relish reading and watching videos, both of which are significant absences in Ai Pin.
Humane’s device will never rival the capabilities of the Apple Watch in health tracking, as it lacks access to the same sensors and bodily measurements from your wrist. Not to mention, the Apple Watch features a display for reading. Supposedly.
If Apple makes minor enhancements to Siri, which already operates on your iPhone and Apple Watch, the AI PIN will become obsolete. Siri can execute all the functions that Human Pin can on the devices you already possess. I’m told those devices are quite popular.