ObEN Joins Dubai Future Accelerators Program

Personal AI company brings blockchain secured, intelligent avatars to leading Dubai technology innovation initiative.

ObEN Joins Dubai Future Accelerators Program

PASADENA, Calif., March 21, 2018 – ObEN Inc., the artificial intelligence (AI) company that is building a decentralized AI platform for intelligent avatars on the Project PAI blockchain, today announced that it will participate in the prestigious Dubai Future Accelerators program. The unique accelerator, established under the auspices of the Dubai Future Foundation and the Government of Dubai, connects the world’s most innovative companies with government partners, industry leaders, and renowned mentors to develop prototypes that bring cutting edge technology to a wide array of industrial and civil applications.

The Dubai Future Accelerators program attracts applications from top technology companies around the world, with a select few invited to participate in the intensive 9-week program. Many from past cohorts have emerged as leaders in their industry, with the program designed to identify emerging technologies and business concepts with the potential to address the world’s most challenging problems. Throughout the program, ObEN will work to develop a prototype solution with the potential for rapid deployment across Dubai, leveraging the company’s proprietary Personal AI (PAI) technology.

“ObEN is honored to be selected by the Dubai Future Foundation to participate in their prestigious accelerator program” says Sho Guo, VP of Marketing and Partnerships at ObEN. “This program will help ObEN explore Personal AI and blockchain powered solutions in one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan, and advanced cities in the world. Personal AI on the blockchain can revolutionize our interactions in the digital space, with the potential to serve as both our digital ID and digital double, freeing time and improving quality of life for users around the world.”

ObEN’s Personal Artificial Intelligence technology enables users to create intelligent 3D avatars that look, speak, and can even learn to behave like the user. As one of the earliest adopters of the Project PAI blockchain, ObEN’s Personal AI (PAI) are secured and authenticated on the immutable network. With the blessing of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the government of Dubai plans to become the world’s first blockchain integrated smart city. As a world leader in technology adoption, Dubai is the ideal place for ObEN to continue developing cutting-edge applications for its PAI technology. In fact, at last year’s World Blockchain Summit in Dubai, ObEN’s work on the PAI Blockchain took first place in the Startup World Cup for its vision of enabling every person in the world to create, own and manage their Personal AI.

On the blockchain, every PAI interaction serves to improve the individual user’s PAI, as well as the collective PAI community. With more use, PAIs become smarter and more useful and can eventually become capable of performing a myriad of tasks on behalf of the user. ObEN already explores applications for PAI across the retail, healthcare, entertainment and social space. Along with South Korean entertainment giant S.M. Entertainment, ObEN has established AI Stars, the world’s first celebrity AI agency. The joint venture will see ObEN creating Personal AI of S.M’s roster of stars, as well as other celebrities around the world, helping them leverage better, more personalized digital interactions with fans worldwide.

ObEN’s Personal AI technology will be available in mid-2018. Learn more at projectpai.com.

About ObEN

ObEN is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that is building a decentralized AI platform for intelligent avatars, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. The company’s technology allows users to create intelligent 3D avatars that look, sound, and behave like them. Deployed on the PAI blockchain, ObEN’s Personal AI (PAI) technology enables users to create, use, and manage their own PAI on a secure, decentralized platform. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Tencent, Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California. To learn more about ObEN, please visit oben.com.

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Jeff Hare
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ObEN's proprietary artificial intelligence technology quickly combines a person's 2D image and voice to create a personal 3D avatar. Transport your personal avatar into virtual reality and augmented reality environments and enjoy deeper, social, more memorable experiences. Founded in 2014, ObEN is an HTC VIVE X portfolio company and is located in Pasadena, California at leading technology incubator Idealab.

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