How Digital Humans are Transforming Events

How digital humans are transforming events

Digital humans are the next evolution for events.

They’re versatile, endlessly customisable, and cost-effective, making them a compelling choice for those hosting both physical and virtual events. The result is more immersive and personalised user experiences.

Digital humans are already appearing in popular events, such as a digital human integrated with ChatGPT at the Tour de France. Let’s explore how this technology can transform events for greater engagement and memorability.

How are Digital Humans Used in Events?

Corporate Conferences: Digital humans (controlled by humans) can present speeches, moderate panels, and interact with attendees in networking sessions.

Trade Shows: They can provide product demonstrations, answer questions, and gather leads.

Entertainment Events: Digital celebrities or characters can interact with fans, host virtual meet-and-greets, and perform in virtual concerts.

Educational Webinars: Digital educators can teach, answer questions, and provide personalised learning experiences.

One example of how this technology can be applied in an entertainment setting is Performit Live’s digital humans. Our digital humans combine advanced graphics streamed directly into holographic displays with a professional performer that delivers unique and immersive interactions. Through a Heads Up Display, the performer can see and hear audiences to enable real-time conversations.

See it in action here:

How are They Transforming Events?

Enhanced Interactivity and Engagement

From the moment someone enters an event, digital humans ensure they feel welcomed and engaged. They can answer questions, provide information, and guide people through the event. 

These interactions aren’t just superficial; human-controlled digital humans can facilitate interactive Q&A sessions, quizzes, games and more in both virtual and physical settings to create a dynamic and responsive environment that keeps attendees actively involved throughout the event.

Personalisation

Attendees feel more valued and connected when their specific needs and interests are acknowledged and addressed. Digital humans help by providing highly personalised experiences, whether it’s through individual greetings, specific looks (such as a sci-fi convention-goer being greeted by their favourite character), or recommendations based on their preferences. 

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Combined with AI, digital humans can communicate in multiple languages and ensure that all attendees get the support and information they need. 

Additionally, digital humans can be available around the clock to assist attendees, answer questions, and provide support, ensuring that help is always available.

Cost-Effectiveness

Logistics can turn into an expensive nightmare when trying to coordinate large groups of people, especially if travel is involved. For instance, rather than paying for flights, accommodation and catering for an in-person dance troupe’s performance, organisers can instead have them appear digitally – no travel required, and a potential headache saved.

Digital humans using AI can also easily scale to accommodate large numbers of attendees without the need for additional human staff. This makes them a cost-effective solution for large-scale events, allowing organisers to manage resources efficiently while maintaining high-quality interactions.

Innovation

Incorporating digital humans into virtual events showcases the use of cutting-edge technology, enhancing the event’s appeal and setting it apart from others. Digital humans can be part of immersive experiences, such as virtual reality environments, providing attendees with unique and memorable interactions.

Data Collection 

Whether professional or for entertainment, the success of future events depends on robust data collection and analysis. Digital humans help with real-time feedback from attendees, and can analyse user preferences, interaction patterns and behaviours. This all helps organisers better align future events with the interests and needs of the audience.

The future of digital humans

Walking Through an Event with Digital Humans: 

Throughout the event, your interactions with digital humans will vary based on their roles and functions:

Human-Controlled Digital Humans: These provide a high level of interactivity and personalised engagement, bringing a deep sense of immersion even without the actor’s physical presence.

AI-Powered Digital Humans: These ensure efficiency, accessibility, and consistent support, handling routine tasks, answering common questions, and providing instant assistance.

So, how would these digital humans perform in our example event?

Registration and Welcome

  • Digital Concierge (AI-Powered): At the venue, attendees are greeted by AI-powered digital humans at registration kiosks. They assist with check-in, provide event information and answer basic questions.

Opening Ceremony

  • Event Host (Human-Controlled): The ceremony is held on stage with a digital human host, controlled by a human, interacting with the live audience.
  • Virtual Co-Host (AI-Powered): Screens around the venue display an AI co-host providing real-time updates and engaging with the audience via social media or event apps.

Keynote Speeches and Panels

  • Keynote Speaker (Human-Controlled): The keynote speaker uses a digital avatar on stage, enhancing the presentation with interactive visuals.
  • Panel Discussions (Human-Controlled): Some panellists appear as digital avatars, while others are physically present, providing a blend of in-person and digital interaction.

Breakout Sessions

  • Session Facilitators (AI-Powered): AI-powered digital humans facilitate breakout sessions in dedicated rooms, managing time and interaction.

Networking Lounges

  • Digital Hosts (Human-Controlled): Digital hosts in physical lounges moderate discussions and facilitate networking.
  • AI Networking Assistants: AI digital humans, accessible via mobile devices or kiosks, suggest connections and initiate conversations.

Interactive Q&A Sessions

  • Live Q&A Moderator (Human-Controlled): A digital human moderator controls live Q&A sessions, presenting questions and managing discussions.
  • Instant AI Responses: AI-powered digital humans provide real-time answers to routine questions via event apps or kiosks.

Exhibition Booths

  • Booth Attendants (Mix of Human-Controlled and AI-Powered): Digital humans at physical booths provide information and demonstrations, with human-controlled attendants for complex interactions and AI-powered ones for general inquiries.

Meet-and-Greet

  • Celebrity Appearances (Human-Controlled): Digital avatars of celebrities interact with attendees.
  • Interactive Entertainment (AI-Powered): AI digital humans host games and activities in entertainment zones.

Digital Humans – The Future of Events

The rapid advancement of technology in recent years has given us more advanced tools to help us professionally and give us more immersive entertainment in our everyday lives. Digital humans represent the next evolution of this in events, both professionally and for entertainment. 

As we continue to integrate digital humans into event formats, we can expect to see even more dynamic, engaging, and memorable experiences that bridge the gap between the virtual and real worlds. Digital humans are here to stay and are setting a new standard for event excellence.

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