IBM Watson presents Soul Machines, LENDIT Conference 2017

Publication/Creation Date
March 19 2017
IBM (creator)
Shantenu Agarwal (creator)
Soul Machines Limited (creator)
Media Type
Corporate Video
Persuasive Intent
Shantenu Agarwal from IBM Watson introduces "Rachel" Avatar from Soul Machines, on stage at the LendIt Conference in New York City 2017. These human-like avatars are powered by Watson's artificial intelligence along with Soul Machines' emotional intelligence and are an example of the concept "embodied cognition". These avatars can "see and hear" you as well as respond to your emotions in a way that "puts a human face on artificial intelligence". 

Soul Machines later refers to these avatars as "Digital Humans" or "Digital People".
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Not On The Body

Related Objects
Soul Machines
Date archived
August 31 2020
Last edited
August 31 2020
How to cite this entry
IBM, Shantenu Agarwal, Soul Machines Limited. (March 19 2017). "IBM Watson presents Soul Machines, LENDIT Conference 2017". Fabric of Digital Life.