First Omani expert at Google develops robot that speaks Omani dialect

First Omani expert at Google develops robot that speaks Omani dialect
First Omani expert at Google develops robot that speaks Omani dialect

Muscat: A young Omani whose idea started 4 years ago with a “chat bot” then thought of a “social robot” with many features and speaks all the languages ​​of the world, and not only that, but the robot’s face mask and voice can be changed according to gender, and it simulates the human face in all its cases.

The expert Mahmoud bin Nasser Al-Nafi’i, founder and CEO of Majan Artificial Intelligence, who was chosen as the first Omani expert at Google and the first Firebase expert in the Middle East and North Africa in 2021, among more than 700 experts around the world, who managed in 2020 to develop a unique system Its kind is a “robot”.

Mahmoud Al-Nafi’i, said: I was chosen as the first Omani expert in Google and the first expert in the Firebase, as this title essentially constituted an international recognition of my experience in the field of Firebase, and Firebase is one of Google’s products specialized in providing services to App developers, websites and electronic games, he added, this international recognition contributed to opening new opportunities and relationships with various technical communities around the world, through which a cooperation agreement was signed with Furhat Robotics to develop artificial intelligence products on robots and other solutions.

Al-Nafi’i explained: The idea began in 2018 through the creation of automated speakers known as “chat bots”, through which it is possible to talk with a virtual robot through text writing, and then developed in the year 2020 AD by developing the system on realistic robots and through the use of voice technology where We have cooperated with one of the international companies specialized in the manufacture of social robots.

About the difficulties he faced, Al-Nafi’i said: There are many difficulties, and one of the difficulties is the lack of sufficient awareness of these modern technologies and the use of robots and other uses, which would help humans work in some jobs and solve problems that people face difficulty in solving through speed in The response and the lack of human presence continuously in some places, so the robot can do this work efficiently and with the help of humans, and society still considers that the robot will replace humans and replace the employee with the robot, but in fact the robot cannot work without the presence of the human who trains and teaches him, as That there were financial difficulties that affected the implementation of the project during the past periods, because manufacturing and working on robots are very expensive, but things went well.

The advantages of the robot were explained by the expert Mahmoud Al-Nafi’i, saying: The robot is social and different from other robots. This robot contains a face, and this face is a virtual face that simulates the human face with facial expressions, and it can show cases of facial expressions when joy, smile, anger and astonishment, and it can move its head and close and open its eyes, so most Facial expressions The robot can simulate like a human, and among the capabilities of the robot is to speak in all languages ​​of the world, including Arabic, and the face of the robot can be changed so that it is a man, a woman, a child, a cartoon, an adult or an elderly man, and among the features of the robot is that it contains a camera that works They are like eyes, and when standing in front of it, the robot can see who is in front of it through the camera. The robot can also change the voice and speak in different dialects, such as the British accent. What we are currently working on is developing the robot’s speaking in the Omani dialect.

He also explained: We have created a program that works as artificial intelligence, which is a simulation of the human mind. Various governmental or private institutions and large or small companies can through this program teach the robot knowledge by adding questions, adding answers and linking it to other services that would serve the customers of these institutions Or the service of the institution itself, and we are currently seeking to develop the robot so that it is ready for some different services or sectors, and it is possible to equip the robot as a doctor, teacher, consultant, assistant at the airport or waiter in a restaurant, and this is what we are working on now to work with different personalities in different sectors.

The plans to develop the robot in the coming stages are to design faces on demand, so that anyone can design the face of any person and print the robot’s mask with 3D printing technology and design the virtual face in a way that simulates the real image of that person, and this is what We are working on it also at this point, he added.

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