Quote: Originally Posted by Sopolias Falst
Thanks for the article, but I don't really see a point in this kind of software. Talking to a robot? I'm not that desperate and friendless XD
Besides, if someone hears me talk to someone and enter the room, and see that I'm talking to the computer, then they'll really think I'm a PC addict, since I spend almost all my free time on the PC. XD
The reason why a lot of people are interested in this type of software is because it is a good experiment in Artificial Intelligence. It shows how AI can be used for different things such as how programs can 'learn' and simulate human thought or behavior.
There are lots of voice commands you can give you computer throuh Verbots to open files and browse the web ( check the website for details) But the cool stuff is when you hook X10 modules or something similar to it, and walk into a room and say, " Verbot ... Lights On or Verbot, Set an alarm for me at 7 am and have the coffee ready". You can in this way by AI and voice command actually run every appliance in your house!
For the last command lets say, you can have predefined script run that turns on the coffee maker 10 minutes before you wake up, and then run the alarm. Of course you will have to set up the coffee maker the night before. Verbots will hear you say "Set an alarm" and set the programming running then it will hear you say, "have the coffee ready" and run that script.
Trust me.. it may not be your cup of tea but tons of people LOVE to talk to AI programs. Do a search for web based chatterbots and you will see how popular they are.
The thing is they are not quite there yet as being human goes and really making good intelligent conversation all the time, but they are getting better. If you talk to a verbot long enough (Over the course of months or years) it will learn and remember facts that you tell it and incorporate them into your conversation.
You could walk into your house one day and hear the verbot say "Good evening Master, would you like me to turn on the teleivision or start the dinner? How was your day?, I hope it was pleasant. You have mail!" (grin) Funny but yeah.. you could teach it do do those types of things with the right savyness and a few addons technology wise.
( You can already do these things with other AI programs, but giving this type of use a personality and one that can learn is a plus. )