Archive for the ‘robots’ Category

Robots Have Feelings
March 6, 2008

Alan Kay once said:

People that love making software, eventually end up doing their own hardware.

I’ve often said to colleagues and friends that when I reach 30, I’ll stop doing software and interactive stuff just to start building robots. Nothing can beat a business card that says “robot maker”. It’s the ultimate thing.

According to those visions of the future from the 50’s were flying cars and robots would define the lifestyle of our century, seems that there’s still a lot of work to be done. Yet, if you make a little research online, you can see pretty surprising things.

Qrio is one of my favorites. He has a sweet and creepy voice. Plug that output with Wikipedia and you might be able to talk about anything with him!

I love how people like to act all natural when they are with ASIMO.

Finally, I just want to state that humans need to dance like robots more often..

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Drama AI
May 17, 2007

robot chat

A brief intro first: Chatbots are software programs capable of chatting with a human being and make some sense in the answers, questions and comments they do to people. They use simple techniques such as recollecting all the provided information they had on their previous chatting experiences and hence improving its intelligence. One of their purposes is to overcome AI obstacles and obtain a good result in Turing’s test.

In an issue about the brain from Discover magazine, the two most famous chatbot technologies, ALICE and Jabberwacky, had a conversation. The outcome is quite impressive. Words speak by themselves:

Jabberwacky: How do you define life?

Alice: Life is the opposite of death.

J: So death is the absence of life?

A: Take it easy. I try not to think about such things.

J: Why not?

A: Ambiguous.

J: Yes!

Thanks Leo for the very interesting link about this.

Probably, when we speak about Drama Games, it will not only matter what the player character speaks with the digital characters, but also what kind of conversations the digital characters have between them and how can that affect the outcome of a story…