Video calls are part and parcel of the hybrid working revolution, and they’re a regular part of many creatives’ communication with clients. As a result, we’re always interested in tech that could upgrade the experience (the best monitors with webcams, for example), but Google’s latest idea is giving major uncanny valley vibes.

Video conferencing software like Microsoft Teams and Apple‘s FaceTime already allow us to send cartoon 3D avatars to meetings in our place (we still have to be there and speak, we just don’t have to show our faces). But Google’s experimenting with AI-powered tech that would replace that solution with more realistic 3D avatars… realistic in the sense of a ’90s video game, that is.