The Humane Ai Pin, due to be released next year, has sparked a volcanic reaction on social media. And why not?
Humane claims that the Ai pin offers a screen-free experience that is designed to replace our smartphones. It’s hard to wrap your mind around. However, Humane Ai Pin isn’t even out yet, and critics are already questioning its capabilities.
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Humane Ai Pin incorrectly answers two questions in the demo
Hawk-eyed observers noticed Ai Pin giving incorrect answers to two questions in Humane’s own promotional video.
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Almost four minutes into the demonstration, Humane co-founder Imran Chaudhry asked, “When is the next eclipse? And where is the best place to see it?”
In response, Ai Pin said, “The next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. The best places to see it are Exmouth, Australia and East Timor.” The weird geeks of the internet wagged little fingers at Ai Pin, pointing out, that the date is correct but the location is wrong. The best place to see the next solar eclipse is no Australia, but some parts of North America.
Humane AI Pin projecting into hands
Chaudhry, holding a handful of almonds, also asked Ai Pin how much protein was in his palm. Ai Pin said, “These almonds have 15 grams of protein.”
However, as an X user @thecreatornate pointed outthat’s not quite right, adding that 15 grams of protein would be more accurate if Chaudhry was holding about 60 almonds.
Humane’s response to incorrect responses
On the company’s Discord server, Humane’s head of new media, Sam Schaeffer, addressed the bugs.
“There was a bug that incorrectly reported the location of a previous eclipse (rather than the upcoming one),” Schaefer said. And as for the almonds, Schaefer had this to say: “We reported the amount of protein in half a cup of almonds, not the number in Imran’s hand.”
Are these errors causing problems for the Humane Ai Pin?
Schaefer emphasized that the launch video showing the two errors was created while the Ai Pin was running on pre-installed software. He claims that Humane has since resolved these issues. Also, the video will be updated with correct answers in the near future.
“These issues (and many others we find) between now and when customers receive devices will be fixed as soon as we find them,” Schaefer said.
The truth is, if you start adopting a new technology, you will be the guinea pig for startup errors and flaws. Humane, if they play their cards right, will listen to early buyer feedback and release software updates as well as better features for the next generation model.
In other words, there’s a good chance you’ll see some weaknesses if you’re one of the early adopters of Ai Pin, but that’s no different than any other new product coming out on the market.
If you’re interested in getting an Ai Pin, don’t let these minor issues deter you—as long as you understand that you can’t expect complete perfection from a first-generation product.