As if there weren’t enough people already trying to become cross-platform stars, soon they will all have to compete with ANA, a hyper-realistic virtual human from Krafton.
The company, which also makes popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, has been revealed (opens in a new tab) a pair of images from ANA Wednesday. The stills only feature her head – or really just her face – but depict a pink-haired, somewhat playful person who looks deeply interested in the next thing you have to say.
Eventually, we’ll see more ANA, though. Krafton promises that her virtual human will, as explained by Josh Seokjin Shin, director of Krafton’s Creative Center, “will release an original music track and expand her scope of activity as an influencer in various fields of entertainment and entertainment. ‘esports’.
From the pictures, ANA looks realistic. There are still issues around the teeth, too flawless skin, and the plastic-looking fingers lightly touching his face. Even so, the effect is, thanks to the inclusion of imperfections like pale pores, wrinkles and small hairs on the skin, quite striking.
Even without a full body image or animated video, there’s reason to believe ANA might end up being something special. When Krafton initially unveiled its hyper-realistic technology in February, which uses facial rigging technology for subtle and vivid expressions, pupil movements and natural joint movements, it also released a cinematic PUBG video. (opens in a new tab) demonstrating the current state of its virtual human technology.
In the video, a group of PUBG competitors battle a masked enemy. Interspersed with the strange moments of the valley, a few scenes approach true realism. One of the characters, a woman who is shot in the arm, clearly resembles an ANA ancestor.
Along with all the face, skin and body technology, Krafton says he’s using deep learning to create an AI voice that will allow ANA “to act and sing like a real human.”
Why do we need this?
We live in a fake world. From actors wearing other people’s faces to recreating younger versions of the source actors (see Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker (opens in a new tab)), Deep Fakers wearing the faces of other actors (opens in a new tab)or bots that think they’re human, it’s hard to trust everything you see, hear or read.
Artificial humans, even artificial influencers, have been around for years. But few would mistake Miquela, for example, for a real human. Based on what Krafton promises here, however, we won’t soon know if the TikToker telling us about the perfect clean or if the YouTuber singing an original song are flesh and blood or ones and zeros.
We’ll welcome ANA when she’s ready to emerge onto the digital scene, but maybe she can stick to playing inside PUBG and not try to knock out any of the competitors on The Voice.