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AI-generated characters for supporting personalized learning and well-being

  • To encourage the technology’s positive possibilities, Media Lab researchers and their collaborators at UC Santa Barbara, and Osaka University have compiled an open source, easy-to-use character generation pipeline that combines AI models for facial gestures, voice and motion and can be used to create a variety of audio and video outputs.
  • The pipeline also marks the resulting output with a traceable, as well as human-readable, watermark to distinguish it from authentic video content and to show how it was generated—an addition to help prevent its malicious use.
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        AI-generated characters for supporting personalized learning and well-being



        MIT Media Lab

        The MIT Media Lab is a research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, growing out of MIT's Architecture Machine Group in the School of Architecture. Its research does not restrict to fixed academic disciplines, but draws from technology, media, science, art, and design. As of 2014, Media Lab's research groups include neurobiology, biologically inspired fabrication, socially engaging robots, emotive computing, bionics, and hyperinstruments.

        The Media Lab was founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte and former MIT President Jerome Wiesner, and is housed in the Wiesner Building (designed by I. M. Pei), also known as Building E15. The Lab has been written about in the popular press since 1988, when Stewart Brand published The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T., and its work was a regular feature of technology journals in the 1990s. In 2009, it expanded into a second building.

        The Media Lab came under scrutiny in 2019 due to its acceptance of donations from convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. This led to the resignation of its director, Joi Ito, and the launch an "immediate, thorough and independent" investigation into the "extremely serious" and "deeply disturbing allegations about the engagement between individuals at the Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein" by President of MIT.

        In December 2020, Dava Newman, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and former deputy administrator of NASA under Obama, was named the new director of the MIT Media Lab.

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        Lessons learned, MIT Media Lab

        • As it becomes easier to create hyper-realistic digital characters using artificial intelligence, much of the conversation around these tools has centered on misleading and potentially dangerous deepfake content. But the technology can also be used for positive purposes—to revive Albert Einstein to teach a physics class, talk through a career change with your older self, or anonymize people while preserving facial communication.

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        Lessons learned, MIT Media Lab 

        Artificial Intelligence (AI)-generated media

        • Project: AI-generated Characters for Learning and Wellbeing
        • Advancements in machine learning have recently enabled the hyper-realistic synthesis of prose, images, audio and video data, in what is referred to as artificial intelligence (AI)-generated media. These techniques offer novel opportunities for creating interactions with digital portrayals of individuals that can inspire and intrigue us. AI-generated portrayals of characters can feature synthesized faces, bodies and voices of anyone, from a fictional character to a historical figure, or even a deceased family member. 
        • Although negative use cases of this technology have dominated the conversation so far,  we explore emerging positive use cases of AI-generated characters, specifically in supporting learning and well-being. 
        • We demonstrate an easy-to-use AI character generation pipeline to enable such outcomes and discuss ethical implications as well as the need for including traceability to help maintain trust in the generated media. As we look towards the future, we foresee generative media as a crucial part of the ever growing landscape of human–AI interaction.
        • By using state-of-the-art algorithms, prominent historical, modern-day or fictional figures can be brought to life to engage learners with ‘lived’ experiences of scientists making their discoveries, historical figures narrating battles or painters discussing their inspiration and process.
        • AI generated characters can anonymize people in sensitive conversation while maintaining their human presence as someone else.
        • With our unified pipeline, you can generate your own AI generated characters.  For safety, the output is marked to be detectable by both humans and machines. The code will be publicly available soon at :

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