Pasadena’s ObEN Debuts Artificial Intelligence Concierge in Shanghai

Published : Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 6:02 PM

Adam Zheng, COO and co-founder of ObEN; Adrian Cheng, founder of K11; Nikhil Jain, CEO and co-founder of ObEN (Photo: Business Wire)

ObEN Inc., the Pasadena artificial intelligence company that is building a decentralized AI platform for intelligent avatars, announced Wednesday the premiere of the first-ever Personal AI art docent experience at Shanghai, China’s K11 Art Mall.

Bearing the likeness and voice of K11 founder Adrian Cheng, the AI concierge will guide visitors through K11 Art Museum’s exhibit featuring works from American ceramic artist Betty Woodman and acclaimed Chinese painter Zhao Yang.

The exhibit is a convergence of art and technology, cultures and mediums. From now until June 17, 2018, visitors will be guided through the exhibit by Cheng’s PAI on a smart device bearing an artificial intelligence-based avatar. The PAI concierge will provide details about select works on display, artist history, and exhibit development.

“Together with ObEN, we are disrupting the way people navigate the exhibit experience, connecting with them on a deeper, more intimate level and fostering a closer connection between audience, curatorial expression, and artist through technology,” Cheng said.

K11, an investment arm of New World Development in Hong Kong, attracts technology partners, including ObEN, that help introduce the immersive experience for visitors to its Art Malls, office towers K11 Atelier, and other K11 entities.

“This exhibit at K11 showcases the transformative impact PAI can have on industries, including retail and hospitality – providing visitors with more engaging and personalized experiences,” said Nikhil Jain, ObEN co-founder.

ObEN’s Personal AI technology allows users to create a 3D avatar that looks, sounds, and behaves like them with just one selfie and a brief voice recording from their smartphone.

ObEN’s PAI is secured and authenticated on the Project PAI blockchain.

In addition to K11, ObEN also works with leading organizations like S.M. Entertainment, with whom they have a joint venture called AI Stars, the first agency for celebrity Personal AI’s.

ObEN’s Personal AI technology will be available in mid-2018.

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