Denise, Your Virtual Assistant
Denise, the virtual assistant, is the creation of a Brazillian company, Curitiba-based Guile 3D Studio. The system uses advanced computer graphics, integrated with artificial intelligence software, and voice recognition and synthesis in 46 languages as well as biometric systems.
Here's a typical interaction:
- Denise: Good morning, Guilherme. Shall I read you your appointments today?
- Guilherme: Yes!
- Denise: You've got a 2:00 o'clock meeting with your marketing team, and a 5:00 o'clock with the development team.
- Guilherme: Denise, could you check to see if I have any new e-mails?
- Denise: Sure. You've got 12 new e-mails. Shall I read them to you?
- Guilherme: Yes!
- Denise reads the new e-mails, stating who sent them and the subject.
- Guilherme: New document!
- Denise opens the word processing application and Guilherme starts typing a document.
(Denise, Your Virtual Assistant)
"Denise is the first of a series of digital assistants. In addition to female characters, there will also be males and children, since the technology is intended for people of all ages. Other applications now being tested include a Virtual Nurse to keep children and elderly people company in hospitals, an assistant to interact with car computers, and for using at information kiosks at airports and shopping centers, self-service terminals and support systems, and automated call centers," says Guile Lindroth, director of Guile 3D Studio.
One example of how Denise can help in interactions between people and technology is in the role of a virtual governess at a hi-tech condominium in Sao Paulo, called Pinheiros Connections. Here she will be in charge of the interface between residents and automated residence services. "The residents will interact with Denise, who will receive voice commands in Portuguese and interpret them to perform a variety of different actions in apartments, such as turning lights on and off, playing music, announcing e-mails, controlling the alarm and even authorizing entrance into apartments using facial and digital recognition," says Lindroth.
Guile 3D Studio developed the software for Denise, the virtual assistant, based on its own 3D real time computer graphics and an artificial intelligence system, to provide any computer user with a more human way to interact with the machine, using voice recognition and natural language to perform everyday actions, such as checking email, latest news, personal appointments, and doing internet searches, getting spoken answers through text synthesis in a voice that is almost human.
Except for the avatar, the service is similar to the Daily Schedule from Frank Herbert's 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment.
However, an earlier version of this idea, complete with a computer-generated human-like image, is Adam Selene, from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a 1966 novel by Robert Heinlein.
Via PR News Wire.
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