Post Book Examples
Fable Studio's Lucy
A well realised virtual character in a short piece of VR that is the most lifelike character I've seen so far (Oct 18) in VR - and now forming the basis of "The Lucy Project" at Fable Studios. Fuller description in this Lucy blog post.
|Real Zoe's Avatar talking to Virtual Zoe's Avatar - which is which?|
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The lead in to this quote is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG8YyrronnA
Poor quality off-screen video of the quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHBjEt_SenI
Tony Ballantyne's Recursion Trilogy
Later a character repeats this claim
Alastair Reynold's Eunice
Greg Egan's Diaspora and Permutation CityGreg Egan's books are always full of great ideas. Two we particularly like are the Gleisner robots in Diaspora, temporary physical bodies used by virtual humans when the want to visit the physical world (they live most of their time in a virtual world), and the concept in Permutation City, which is all about digital immortality, where the virtual humans smuggle themselves around systems, just stealing a clock cycle here and their, so they run VERY slowly, but their perception is that the world around them is moving incredibly fast. I think it's Permutation City where the idea of running a programme, even a conscious programme, on a set of windows opening and closing is discussed.
Good Read's review of Permutation City. There's even an FAQ for Permutation City on Greg's website.
Channel 4's Humans
Alex and Ada
Very much in the "Humans" vein, Alex and Ada is a nice look at the sentient android meme.
Again a bit too "android" for our interests, but the way the Turing type test is set up and paid off is nice. There's a good critique of its sexism issues at https://www.wired.com/2015/04/ex-machina-turing-bechdel-test/ - and a hybrid Turing/Bechdel test!
Blade Runner 2049
Again its not the replicants that interest us but Joi - the virtual human hologram. OK there are issues again with a very sexist portrayal and the overlap of human and hologram, and she can often "see" things which make no physical sense given the location of her projector but otherwise she gives one idea for how Siri and Alexa could develop.
For a critique see https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/11/16455282/blade-runner-2049-analysis-ana-de-armas-fantasy-girl
Be Right Back - Black Mirror
The "Be Right Back" episode of Black Mirror (Series 2 Episode 1) nicely explores some of the issues of bring able to create Virtual Personas to counter personal grief and potentially create a Digital Immortal (although that aspect isn't really covered).
A primarily text based computer game where you interact with a couple having an argument. Which side will you take? Very game based but good and natural interactions. Free to download at http://www.interactivestory.net/
An SF-RPG set in the near future with a well developed typology of AIs and virtual humans.
Another SF-RPG set a lot further in the future but with not only a good typology of AIs and virtual humans, but also rules for virtual worlds and brain implants.
FATE version - https://mindjammerpress.com/mindjammer/
Traveller version - https://www.modiphius.com/mindjammer-press.html
SummerhallTV (2017, 9 Aug) Laurence Dauphinais & Maxime Carbonneau : SIRI. SummerhallTV. Retrieved from http://www.summerhall.tv/2017/laurence-dauphinais-maxime-carbonneau-siri/
Garner, R. (Writer), & Dorsen, A. (Director). (2011). Hello, Hi There [Play]. United States
And of course there are the classics that you all no doubt know:
- The holographic Doctor from Star Trek:Voyager
- Holly from Red Dwarf
- J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man
- Orac from Blake's Seven
- Cortana from the Halo games
And many of course we just don't think of as their just talking computers - such as the original Star Trek one!