Feb 6, 2018
When you combine natural language interface,
emotion modeling, CG animation,
and various forms of Artificial Intelligence, you
get lifelike computer characters with autonomous interaction.
This new kind of digital actor is called a Virtual
Human, and can be deployed across a wide spectrum of
functions -- enabling authentic human interaction with machines.
From psychological counseling to education to customer service to
endless other applications, virtual humans will play an
increasingly active role in society.
My guest today is Jonathan Gratch,
Director for Virtual Human Research at the
USC Institute for Creative Technologies -- among
the most comprehensive research and development facilities for
Virtual Humans. Jon is also a USC Research Professor of Psychology
and Computer Science – the two areas most central to the
development of Virtual Humans.
We talk with Jon about emotional interactive machines, what we
learn about human beings by modeling human behavior in algorithms,
and the potential for people developing emotional connections to