Toward a Society of Interacting Computers
Peterson, Ivars, Science News
The talking head on the computer screen can smile, frown, or look perlexed. When you ask it a question, it barely pauses before responding with an appropriate facial expression and a suitable comment. And it's all done with software and two synchronized workstations.
Developed at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Tokyo, this system combines speech recognition, language understanding, and voice synthesis with a graphics capability that models the way muscles contort a face to create certain expressions. It also represents a step toward what Mario Tokoro, director of the Sony laboratory, calls the "intimate" computer.
Tokoro envisions the development of …
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Publication information: Article title: Toward a Society of Interacting Computers. Contributors: Peterson, Ivars - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 144. Issue: 15 Publication date: October 9, 1993. Page number: 229. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1993 Gale Group.
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