Sber creates virtual human to host Russian TV show

29 November 2021

A virtual human built by Russian tech and finance giant Sber (ex-Sberbank) is hosting the Markets and Investor Calendar shows on RBC TV this month. Sber’s subsidiary SberDevices designed virtual host Elena using its new Visper platform for transforming pictures and audio recordings into AI characters that can realistically imitate human beings.

Elena is an example of the kind of avatar that SberDevices hopes users will make with Visper. The platform can generate virtual characters ranging from photorealistic humans Elena to cartoony characters with no analog in the real world. Sber sees these avatars as a valuable tool for presentations and interactions online or through TV shows. Visper debuted only a couple of months ago, but Sber has already begun expanding its feature list.

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