Best CGI and AI Influencers to Follow in 2021
**Originally published February 27th, 2020. Updated June 8th, 2021**
Let’s face it, human simulations have existed for years. They’ve done everything from deal cards in Las Vegas to humble your inferior hand-eye coordination when you play video games. However, over the past couple of years, they have begun to take a different shape. These human simulations have become increasingly realistic and more engaging than we could have ever imagined. With the rapid ascension of A.I., and the CGI industry seemingly only growing by the day, we have also seen the rise of A.I. as it pertains to social media; in the form of A.I. influencers.
When discussing the best A.I. influencers to follow, we would be remiss not to include Lil’ Miquela, one of the world’s most famous CGI influencers to date. Like many of today’s social media influencers, Miquela sports designer clothing while carefully framing her social media snapshots and cleverly articulating her captions. She is an advocate for social change and currently has 1.9 million followers on her Instagram account.
Lil’ Miquela has partnered with iconic fashion brands like Prada for Milan Fashion Week. She’s even released a few songs on Spotify. Quite the resume for a CGI model from Downey, California who first launched her Instagram profile in 2016.
Miquela is a computer-generated image (CGI) created by a Los Angeles-based startup called Brud, a company that specializes in artificial intelligence and robotics. But outside of their expertise in robotics, they also have a flair for the dramatic.
Last year, Miquela’s Instagram was apparently ‘hacked’ by an A.I. influencer named Bermuda, another Brud creation of rising online prominence. However, it was soon discovered that Brud had faked the “hack” on Miquela’s page in order to generate media coverage. While some may see this as an unsavory approach, others may see it as ingenious. And rightfully so, because it worked. One Brud investor acknowledged that the company had “(used) conflict to introduce new characters…same as the Kardashians always have.”
No one is necessarily comparing Lil’ Miquela to the Kardashians. But much like the famous family, we can’t seem to take our eyes off of what Lil’ Miquela does next.
Similar to the approach that his counterparts like Lil’ Miquela have taken, Knox Frost is as mysterious as he is intriguing. Frost is a 19-year-old CGI man with 1.1 million followers on Instagram who currently resides in Atlanta. It seems more fitting to use the term ‘resides’ rather than ‘lives’, seeing that this influencer that is heavily shrouded in mystery is of the A.I. variety. The existence of Frost is so perplexing that one Reddit thread comically details one person’s journey of trying to figure out whether Know was real or not.
On his website, a Google doc that was apparently written by the A.I. entity says he wants to share his “deeper story.”
“I want to tell you about my past. I want to tell you about my goals,” he said. A fashion-forward A.I. influencer steeped in intrigue who presents themselves as a relative enigma? Count us in.
She is 19 years old, has over 200,000 Instagram followers, works with the biggest brands in the fashion industry and lives in Paris. Noonoouri has achieved what many dream of at her age – but she only exists on the web.