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 "Virtual Humans" by: Peter Plantec, Ray Kurswell.
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Posted - Dec 02 2018 :  18:04:51  Show Profile  Visit's Homepage
Does anyone know what software, source code, license, etc
comes with the Paperback by Peter M. Plantec, and Ray Kurzwell:

Virtual Humans: A Build-It-Yourself Kit,
Complete with Software and Step-by-Step Instructions

The bookstore description does not give those details.

So, I hope one of us here does.

Thank you.

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Posted - Dec 18 2018 :  17:43:52  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi 8pla

This book was published in 2003. I purchased it in 2005, and I was so interested in the ideas raised by Peter that I asked him why he wouldn't set up a discussion Forum, instead of the Yahoo Group which was basically an endless list of emails.

He told me he had no idea how to do it, and that's where this Forum came from.

Most concepts in the book are still quite stimulating, so I believe it can be recommended even in 2019 as a good reading.

That said, the title "A Build-It-Yourself Kit, Complete with Software and Step-by-Step Instructions" was in my opinion quite misleading, since most links were already dead 15 years ago, and the software in the CD was based on an engine by, quite obsolete even when the book was published. I remember that I had to install it on an old XP system, and anyway I gave up because I wasn't able to get anything really working.

Later I found out that HAL and AIML chatbots could be more stable development platforms and spent a lot of time developing Hal plugins.

See also an additional (very old) discussion on this subject here:

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Posted - Jan 20 2019 :  17:32:36  Show Profile  Visit's Homepage

Here is Sylvie, with a comment from Peter.

Thanks for your reply.
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