November 26, 2003
Found by way of the KurzweilAI.net newsfeed mentioned above, Wired has a new article about Rosalind Picard’s Affective Computing group at the MIT Media Lab, describing a virtual, conversational exercise coach character developed by Tim Bickmore (who had in years back helped develop the virtual real estate agent Rea in Justine Cassell’s Gesture and Narrative Language group). Michael and I have met Tim regularly at various AAAI symposia, he’s a good guy.
A lot of the research discussed in the article has overlap and potential for application in interactive art and entertainment. Towards the end of the article the hype dissipates a bit and more cautious, critical voices are heard — Shneiderman, Norman.