It's alive! New software you play Dr. Frankenstein.
Each chapter of Plantec's book takes you through the process of creating your ideal V-person. Step-by-step instructions on how to manipulate facial features and personality functions are combined with background information on the theory at the core of artificial intelligence--consciousness, quantum theory, and biometrics being just a few examples. The complementary software is really where the fun begins. Using a rule generator that produces the character's specifications, you can create a number of visual expressions and diverse brain functions in your V-person. The script editor allows you to adjust the specifications and chat with your V-person. Based on your input in the rule generator. you and your V-person can have a real, "unscripted" conversation. In addition, you can give voice to your characters by using the voice and speech recognition module.
Because the functions of V-people are so versatile, they can be used for education and exploration in the lab, classroom, office, or home. So whether it's going to be for a new business venture or just a hobby, Virtual Humans is a fun (and only slightly creepy) way to explore personality in technology.
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|Title Annotation:||On The Shelf|
|Author:||Esprit, Schuyler K.|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2004|
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