Verizon's creepy digital Lia is so realistic, you'd wish the 5G virus stayed in the labs


Carriers and business publications keep extolling the virtues of the next generation 5G wireless standard. Way more always-connected devices, polished virtual reality that will come from much lower latency and faster speeds - all of these coming from the nearest tower.

As if to hammer the points home, Verizon released a post demonstrating how a digital-human communication is brought to life by the wonders of 5G. There is only one subtle caveat - the Lia model is so realistic it's creepy, and we shudder to think what people could get convinced to once such digitized beings become mainstream.

Verizon is gushing about the realistic "high-fidelity" rendering that only 5G can blast and "the ability to have low latency conversation so we can pick up your emotional state and respond really quickly." Say what?


Lia can be helpful as your personal bank assistant, explains the carrier, as your travel agent, and many other uses in between. The virtual woman is brought by Soul Machines to Verizon's NYC 5G Labs, and if the demo above doesn't send chills down your spine, it's because 5G is not fully operational just yet. 

Verizon currently has a limited 5G rollout in a few cities and is using it to deliver broadband Internet, but it plans to bring the services to more than 30 cities this year, so we'll wait and see how long it will take Lia to take over our friends, relationships and our world.

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