Naomi Osaka Collaborates with Meta to Create Anime-Obsessed Chatbot Avatar
Naomi Osaka, the renowned Japanese tennis player, has teamed up with Meta to launch a new AI chatbot and introduce her very own anime-obsessed avatar character named Tamika. Meta, the company behind this project, plans to release a collection of digital characters developed using its AI chatbot platform, partnering with various celebrities such as Osaka. This collaboration not only showcases the versatility of AI technology but also highlights the popularity of anime.
Osaka took to her Instagram account to announce the arrival of Tamika, an AI avatar that shares her passion for anime. Followers can chat with Tamika across platforms like Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp by simply following and DMing @sailortamika. Meta’s AI rollout will occur in phases for users in the United States, with voice functionalities expected to be added later.
While Osaka is currently preparing for her return to the WTA circuit, scheduled for the 2024 Australian Open, this collaboration with Meta demonstrates her interest in exploring innovative and creative avenues beyond the tennis court.
Since becoming a mother, Osaka has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, which led to her withdrawal from press conferences during the Roland Garros tournament. However, she has shown resilience and determination to overcome these challenges and is focused on making her comeback next year.
Reflecting on her absence from the Australian Open, Osaka expressed how much she missed participating in the tournament where she had previously triumphed twice. She shared her initial doubts about returning to the sport but ultimately decided to embrace the opportunity to compete again. Osaka plans to play more tournaments in the future and aims to finish the season on a high note.
As her collaboration with Meta indicates, Osaka is not only dedicated to her athletic pursuits but also interested in exploring the potential of technology and leveraging her platform to engage with fans in unique ways.
Sources: Naomi Osaka Instagram account