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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5 Comments

1. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

There was barely any interaction in the video for it to be judged like the title did. Bruh, clickbait

2. magnaroader

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Sorry but this was clickbait at best. What's with Phonearena lately? Besides the abysmal quality of the video reviews, the articles are starting to sound like something out of Buzzfeed.

3. jefff

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Ummm... those digital assistants looked so fake, rigid and not-at-all-human-like-nor-creepy, that I'd like to know if Daniel Petrov has ever even seen a real human before? They look like those cheesy assistants that were supposed to look human 15 years ago... without any improvements. Why would you need to talk to someone who "looks" human (which they don't, but let's pretend they do)? Chills did NOT go down my spine upon seeing them, and they were so unrealistic, even the guy in the video laughs at the one assistant.

4. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Dat uncanny valley doe

7. fakenewzz

Posts: 130; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Umm what else can she do????

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