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Meet the companies using technology to imitate humans

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Meet the companies using technology to imitate humans

With news that Soul Machines has rolled out a brand-new digital avatar called Will that will act as a digital teacher on behalf of Vector educating schoolkids about energy, we cast our eye around the globe to find the companies using tech to replicate the parts of us that make us human.

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We gave biotechnology company Mint Innovation a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch their business, which recovers valuable materials from electronic waste.

Gratuitous self-promotion

The 2018 Technology issue of Idealog is out now, and is worth getting your hands on to experience some seriously awesome tech. This issue features a cover illustration by talented 3D motion graphic artist Guangyu Li, as well as an AR cover created by Staples VR, a profile of education disruptor Claire Amos, interviews with Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron and Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck about deep sea and space exploration, a Q&A with Google Empathy Lab founder Danielle Krettek on how it's time for technology to find its EQ and with ex-Wired editor Scott Dadich and Patrick Godfrey about making design inclusive for the masses, a look at the New Zealand companies hacking humanity and altering life as we know it, as well a dive into whether tech can save the te reo Maori language, the 2018 Tin Report, and much, much more. In the spirit of gratuitous self-promotion, read on for a full breakdown of what you can expect in the latest issue.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

After we made Damaris Coulter stand awkwardly in an elevator to pitch her app The Realness, we sat down for a more in-depth discussion about how the idea came about, how the experience of running Coco's Cantina has shaped her views on the hospitality industry and why taking the longer way makes life more interesting. It was thought-provoking, funny, sad, wide-ranging, honest and sweary, and it was worth putting it all out there. So here's an edited and slightly condensed transcript of our quite long chat.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

Damaris Coulter stands awkwardly in an elevator and pitches her soon-to-be launched app The Realness, which showcases unique owner-operated restaurants that fit certain criteria – and helps diners find them.