New Zealand emotional AI startup Soul Machines has raised $US40 million ($58 million) in Series B funding, to boost research and development for its computer-generated customer support characters with ‘digital brains’.
The round was led by Singapore VC Temasek, and also included European VC Lakestar and Salesforce Ventures. Existing backers Horizon Ventures and the University of Auckland Inventors Fund also took part in the round, along with other, unnamed existing investors.
Soul Machines provides corporations with digital customer service assistants, or ‘digital superstars’, via video chat.
Speaking to StartupSmart, co-founder Greg Cross says the startup is working on the “new frontier of artificial intelligence”.