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Microsoft Shows Off 'Milo' Virtual Human

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the patch-often dept.

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adeelarshad82 writes "At TED Global in Oxford, Microsoft released a video showing off its 'virtual human' technology, named Milo, designed for the company's hands-free Xbox 360 motion controller called Kinect. Milo is built to react to people's emotions, body movements, and voice, allowing players to interact with the virtual character. It was built using artificial intelligence developed by Lionhead studios, along with undisclosed technology from Microsoft. According to games designer Peter Molyneux, the game exploits psychological techniques to make a person feel that Milo is real. Each Milo character will be unique because every player's interaction with the virtual character will sculpt the type of virtual person Milo will evolve to become."

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Frightening (4, Insightful)

Fwipp (1473271) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908222)

Honestly, I don't know whether this is the Uncanny Valley manifesting, but that kid just creeps me out.

Re:Frightening (4, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908266)

Don't worry, the "undisclosed Microsoft technology" will allow him to whisper 'why won't you... Love ME?' into your ear just as you are on the verge of falling asleep...

They want to be sure that none of their next-gen hardware survives user-inflicted destruction long enough to RRoD.

Re:Frightening (5, Funny)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908384)

Why won't I love ME? Because it was a terrible operating system. Why do you ask?

Re:Frightening (4, Funny)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909060)

You know, I still think Gates owes all of us that was stuck with that turkey an apology and a copy of XP Home. Where is my apology you rich bastard!!! Just as I think the Ballmer monkey should do the right thing and say he was sorry for Vista and give those stuck with that loser at least Windows 7 Starter just to say he was sorry. WHERE IS MY APOLOGY YOU FAT BASTARD! And WTF is it with /. and the Gates borg? The man hasn't been head of the company in years. Shouldn't they switch to a chair throwing Ballmer Monkey by now?

As for TFA, I can see some real world applications for this tech. Imagine a virtual teacher with infinite patience for those with learning disabilities. you could use this tech to tailor a learning plan for the individual without the incredibly high cost of private tutors. Done right I could see this really helping kids.

Re:Frightening (3, Funny)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909260)

Haha, give autistic kids a robot for a teacher, that'll sort them out. LMAO!

Re:Frightening (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32909262)

The purpose of ME was to make XP look good, just as the purpose of Vista was to make 7 look good.

Re:Frightening (1)

HermMunster (972336) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908318)

If Milo can't think for himself then he's nothing close to a virtual human.

Re:Frightening (4, Funny)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908960)

Microsoft wouldn't give Milo the capacity to think for himself.

If he could, there's the chance he might pick Firefox.

Ultimately this wouln't go well. (3, Interesting)

gmezero (4448) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908428)

Let's see... what kind of horrible things to people do to Sims? Put them in a house with no toilet? Strand them in pool without a ladder? etc... I shudder at the abuse we'll see attempted and if this thing learns from it's interactions. Ick.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (3, Funny)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908538)

If it remembers people will have to get more creative as it learns those old tricks.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (3, Interesting)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908920)

Well... that depends how many lives he has.

Anyway, I look forward to Youtube videos of all the limits of the AI being exposed or having it beg to be shutdown rather than deal with 4channers.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (3, Insightful)

Stan Vassilev (939229) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908588)

Let's see... what kind of horrible things to people do to Sims? Put them in a house with no toilet? Strand them in pool without a ladder? etc... I shudder at the abuse we'll see attempted and if this thing learns from it's interactions. Ick.

That demo looks cooked. Microsoft couldn't get basic speech to text to work reliably, they'll need to work harder to convince people that are sitting on a working AI that'll also interact freely with people as was demoed.

Also, I almost can imagine you eating delicious tortured and slaughtered animal stake while you were writing about the human rights of basic software programs.

People have no perspective on things at all.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (5, Insightful)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908652)

Microsoft couldn't get basic speech to text to work reliably

My thoughts exactly.

Probably straight prerendered video.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908696)

Not to mention that he looks AT her which means she would have seen him looking off to the right just as we do. That is unless that TV was actually a hologram. Wow. Microsoft really is ahead of the game!!

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (1)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909294)

Microsoft couldn't get basic speech to text to work reliably

For what it's worth, the issues with Vista's STT demonstration were explained [msdn.com] pretty soon after the incident. Given the nature of the problems, most people at the time anticipated a training/hardware issue. Of course, that doesn't change how funny it was :)

As it happens, Vista and Win7's voice recognition is actually pretty good for software bundled with the OS.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908880)

If it learns from its interactions, I think we just came a long way to understanding Skynet's motivation...

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32909004)

Every female is a closet lesbian.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (0)

Cylix (55374) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909112)

That is the only reason I'm thinking about getting it.

I want to make Milo afraid.... very afraid.

However, it's likely a series of gimmicks and/or vaporware. This is Microsoft ware referring to after all. Any product that looks like it might be substantially interesting does not generally exist. This isn't trolling when you consider the historical significance.

Re:Ultimately this wouln't go well. (1)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909276)

I shudder at the abuse we'll see attempted and if this thing learns from it's interactions. Ick.

It puts the lotion on it's skin...

It has started. (1)

khasim (1285) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908558)

Watch the video. Clare asks him if he's finished his homework and he hangs his head.

Then he talks about wanting to write in his journal.

I'm thinking of a contest. What can you turn him into? Does he cut himself? Does he start fires? How about racist, given that he can recognize faces on a web cam.

Re:It has started. (1)

VanGarrett (1269030) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908788)

The only way I can conceive of to complete the game, is to get him to commit suicide; otherwise, your conversations with this virtual child can only continue indefinitely. I can only wonder if he has the naiveté necessary for this to be properly accomplished.

Re:It has started. (1)

Stan Vassilev (939229) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908816)

I'm thinking of a contest. What can you turn him into? Does he cut himself? Does he start fires? How about racist, given that he can recognize faces on a web cam.

Dunno about what you said, but every time Bill Gates showed up in front of the camera, Milo would run and cry. Must be some bug.

If I had the game, first thing that pops to mind, is shooting a "Milo switches to Mac" ad.

Also, given Milo can apparently do homework, I'll just teach him C++ and let him work for me under threat of cutting the power off.

Staged demos aside, though.

I wonder how easy it'd be to interact with that thing in real life. If I asked him "How was your day" and all it can say back (in a distinct Stephen Hawking voice) is: "Dear aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all"... that'll be just plain disappointing.

Re:Frightening (1)

Stan Vassilev (939229) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908728)

Honestly, I don't know whether this is the Uncanny Valley manifesting, but that kid just creeps me out.

That's not the Uncanny Valley causing it. It's your basic animal fear that your own species has just been made obsolete by some basic gaming software.

But I might be wrong. You can test it. Get the DVD of Pixar's "The Incredibles" and play some. Do you feel the impending doom, or you're entertained? If the former, it's the Uncanny Valley (also check that with your doctor).

As for the fear-inducing-AI in the demo: it's fake, so you'll be able to sleep well tonight.

Re:Frightening (1, Flamebait)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908766)

It's your basic animal fear that your own species has just been made obsolete by some basic gaming software.

Do you even listen to yourself?

I want to blow his head off with a BFG 9000. (3, Insightful)

EWAdams (953502) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908232)

He's a video game character. I don't want him to be real. Him being real would miss the point entirely.

Re:I want to blow his head off with a BFG 9000. (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908272)

Exactly. There's no room for realistic video game characters. Only cartoon-like action warriors shouting one-liners as they mow down Nazis please!

Godwin (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908370)

There's no room for realistic video game characters. Only cartoon-like action warriors shouting one-liners as they mow down Nazis please!

Keep it down or Milo might report you for a Godwin's law violation.

Re:I want to blow his head off with a BFG 9000. (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908674)

Exactly. There's no room for realistic video game characters. Only cartoon-like action warriors shouting one-liners as they mow down Nazis please!

Contrary to your desires, the nazis were very real.

Re:I want to blow his head off with a BFG 9000. (1)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908916)

So are warriros and one-liners, but the gestalt isn't.

Re:I want to blow his head off with a BFG 9000. (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909050)

Did the Sims miss the point entirely? I would think the popularity of a game built on sentient somewhat realistic characters would prove otherwise. All he is, is a 3D chat bot that reacts to you physically instead of what you type. I'd hardly call it a video game, personally.

Each one unique? don't believe the hype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908238)

"According to games designer Peter Molyneux" hasn't he oversold his ideas in the past? (i have enjoyed his games, but they don't live up to the hype)

Re:Each one unique? don't believe the hype (3, Insightful)

Servaas (1050156) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908362)

He's famous for his grand claims. Edge Magazine, a UK mature gaming magazine, use to do couple of pages with the man in them every so often. And I remember how he fabled up Fable 1 into grand momentous game that would revolutionize Action RPG's yet failed to impress anyone. Likewise with the game Black & White that supposed to push new heights for the god genre.

Re:Each one unique? don't believe the hype (3, Informative)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908478)

Yeah, he's a schmuck and all of his games are, at heart, reworkings of the tedium that was Populous. Every know and then people make great claims for the realism, or open endedness of their games, but the only games which are like this are multiplayer games, where other humans genuinely act differently/unpredictably - either that or they're just better than you so it's up to the engine to find servers where people are about as good as you (as quakelive, for instance, does).

Re:Each one unique? don't believe the hype (0, Troll)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908540)

the only games which are like this are multiplayer games, where other humans genuinely act differently/unpredictably - either that or they're just better than you so it's up to the engine to find servers where people are about as good as you

Servers? Since when does a multiplayer game need servers, apart from maybe FPS or RTS or MMO? Just plug in a couple gamepads and grab your actual friends.

Re:Each one unique? don't believe the hype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908626)

all of [Peter Molyneux's] games are, at heart, reworkings of the tedium that was Populous.

You are apocalyptically stupid. Fable and Black & White are nothing special, but they don't play even remotely like Populous in any way.

Re:Each one unique? don't believe the hype (1)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908754)

Well, it could be worse - he could be Will Wright [penny-arcade.com] :)

What could possibly go wrong... (2, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908242)

Can you imagine being the poor bastard at Lionhead responsible for making sure that these "virtual humans" can exhibit realistic suffering responses to griefers, gropers, and every other ghastly atavism that the Kinect users of the world will allow to roam free when they know that there are no rules and no consequences?

(Incidentally, I bloody well hope that Lionhead has had some time to learn a thing or two since Black & White. The "AI" in that game managed to suck every ounce of joy out of being a malevolent deity, something that I wouldn't have believed possible.)

Re:What could possibly go wrong... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908646)

"virtual humans" can exhibit realistic suffering responses to griefers, gropers, and every other ghastly atavism that the Kinect users of the world will allow to roam free when they know that there are no rules and no consequences?

And now I hope there's an adult female version called...Mila? Miley?

Re:What could possibly go wrong... (5, Funny)

sg_oneill (159032) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908768)

What are you talking about. The AI was awesome. Once I started rewarding my ape for Lighting its shit on fire, and also rewarding it for throwing its shit at villagers, it put 1+1 together and innovated unholy projectile flame turds.

I only wish my horse on red read redemption would come up with that instead of "jumping of cliffs and dying" :(

Dreamcast (1)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908254)

I think I'll stick with Seaman for the Dreamcast, thanks.

Re:Dreamcast (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908332)

I think that seaman will stick with you

Re:Dreamcast (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908378)

I think that seaman will stick with you

No, that'd only happen in Soviet Russia. And the only popular video game that I can think of that came out of that regime was Tetris.

Wait, I've seen this before... (4, Funny)

bobetov (448774) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908256)

Microsoft Bob lives!

And takes up the awesome responsibility of being the latest hyped MS product to utterly fail. Sheesh.

oh boy (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908260)

Oh boy! Clippy comes to the living room!

Re:oh boy (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908634)

Milo: "You look like you're trying to play a game - would you like to use a template?"

Re:oh boy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32909100)

that will be equally hated.. microsoft can't make anything non-creepy to save it's life.

Uhhh... old news. (3, Informative)

Irick (1842362) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908262)

Seriously old. I saw this at the MS keynote last year.

Might the news be a hint of release? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908420)

Might the news be that Molyneux is finally planning to flesh out Milo into a game? "He also said the technology is still in development and Microsoft has no plans to release it, but hinted that the game was designed to be used for millions of people and therefore could one day become a commercial product."

Re:Uhhh... old news. (2, Informative)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908466)

Yep, VERY OLD. Video dates from october 2009..

Re:Uhhh... old news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908494)

it's so old even ign did an unfunny parody of it ages ago.

Cheese whiz (2, Insightful)

starfishsystems (834319) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908292)

Why does Microsoft not get that stuff like this is seriously cheesy?

Re:Cheese whiz (3, Insightful)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908314)

Cheesy? I find this interactive grooming simulator nothing but sinister.

Re:Cheese whiz (1)

starfishsystems (834319) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908672)

Ew. Now that you put it that way...

Re:Cheese whiz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908912)

It's people like you who think like that which ignite the passions of the "think of the children" crowd.

Re:Cheese whiz (5, Informative)

Dremth (1440207) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908512)

Not only is it cheesy (and INCREDIBLY old news), the video in TFA is a fake. Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFAK8ubYtZE [youtube.com]

Re:Cheese whiz (2)

Stan Vassilev (939229) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908666)

Not only is it cheesy (and INCREDIBLY old news), the video in TFA is a fake. Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFAK8ubYtZE [youtube.com]

I love the detective work on detecting the subtle visual clues that it's fake.

I guess Microsoft (or anyone in the world at all) having casually developed this AI, speech recognition and a virtually flawless speech synth, solely for the purpose of making a casual role-playing console game, doesn't seem suspicious to anyone.

Re:Cheese whiz (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908814)

They were trying to make a virtual girlfriend for Ballmer.

Please, don't ask why it's a little boy.

That's it. All the truth.

Re:Cheese whiz (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909176)

the video in TFA is a fake.

Wow. That's some real A+ sleuthing. For a second I thought Microsoft may have just changed the point of view so that it didn't look on the video like the kid was looking off into the middle of nowhere, but no. Apart from being technically infeasible next to all the other advanced technology, it's actually much more likely that they just fabricated the whole thing. Thanks.

Oh boy... I'm gonna have to lie down for a minute. That's way too much sarcasm for one post.

Wizard (1)

neoshroom (324937) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908932)

Some of it was seriously cheesy, but some of it was amazing ideas (most revolve around extra interactivity possible with a virtual world when you add a camera to the mix). Amazing ideas from Microsoft?! Some other company than Microsoft is likely going to really make something really interesting with this stuff.

It's not real unless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908298)

... you can use MKULTRA techniques to traumatize Milo, and create alternate personalities in him. Personally, I am thrilled that in addition to the 'gun rampage' training simulators out there, we are now getting 'child abuse' training simulators.

Bucket 2.0? (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908340)

"Each Milo character will be unique because every player's interaction with the virtual character will sculpt the type of virtual person Milo will evolve to become."

Goodness, don't let 4chan loose on this one. We'll have another Bucket.

Re:Bucket 2.0? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908430)

Goodness, don't let 4chan loose on this one. We'll have another Bucket.

Oh wait, I has a bucket [ihasabucket.com] .

If you're curious about the Bucket that The Archon V2.0 was referring to, it's a chatbot [encycloped...matica.com] that spouts nothing but 4chan memes after talking to almost nobody but 4chan users. But as I understand it, if you teach your copy of Milo all 4chan's memes, someone else's copy of Milo won't necessarily learn them.

Re:Bucket 2.0? (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908738)

But as I understand it, if you teach your copy of Milo all 4chan's memes, someone else's copy of Milo won't necessarily learn them.

Ah, that's good. Last thing we need is a crowdsourced AI.

I'm sure there are people who want this (1)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908354)

Of course I think it's going to include a lot of the same group of people who bought The Sims and tortured their sims. Poor Milo.

The applications are limitless! (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908360)

Entertainment! Education! Medicine! Pornography! The mind boggles!

.

Unconditional? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908368)

Each Milo character will be unique because every player's interaction with the virtual character will sculpt the type of virtual person Milo will evolve to become.

Considering online behavior exhibited by most... Um... enthusiastic gamers, most versions of Milo will no doubt wind up all the lovable characteristics of a rabidly racist homophobe with a vocabulary that would be the envy of any drill sargeant, provided you leave out any word of more then two syllables. Also, it will no doubt will be a warranty nightmare for MS when it finally starts rage-quitting games when the player seems to be winning.

ctrl+f goes to college (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908380)

i was disappointed

The interaction goes great until (1)

Boawk (525582) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908412)

Milo suffers BSOD (Blue Navi of Death)

B&W 3 (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908436)

Oh, I get it.. Black & White 3. I can't wait for Milo to hold his bowel movements the way a toddler holds its breath.

Looks promising but... (1)

AthleteMusicianNerd (1633805) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908452)

I'd like to interact with it.

They're doing it wrong! (1)

sea4ever (1628181) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908464)

People haven't even fully worked out proper chat-bots yet, and then they try this? This is like trying to run before you can walk, start with a dog, or a cat or something. Make it as realistic as possible. Then move on to a human.
A few years ago there were these 'gigapet' things that were all the hype, I had about 2, they were fantastic 'pets'. Then they suddenly went out of style. With today's technology I bet you could have a fantastic new 'gigapet' that would be every bit as realistic as a real duck/cat/dog/animal X.
Seriously, they were popular back then and they can be popular now. Microsoft should revive the gigapets!


I know I would buy a whole batch. :D

Digimon still exists (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908584)

A few years ago there were these 'gigapet' things that were all the hype, I had about 2, they were fantastic 'pets'. Then they suddenly went out of style.

Tiger's Giga Pets were a me-too of Bandai's Tamagotchi. Digimon began [wikipedia.org] as Bandai's attempt to extend Tamagotchi into the boy's market; it exists today as the dueling TV and game franchise [tvtropes.org] of Nintendo's Pokemon.

With today's technology I bet you could have a fantastic new 'gigapet' that would be every bit as realistic as a real duck/cat/dog/animal X.

Did Nintendogs come close?

Re:Digimon still exists (1)

sea4ever (1628181) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908650)

Hey it wasn't just for girls..I hope.
Nintendogs, I've never heard of them but now that I'm looking it up they do look like they fit.
However the thing that intruiged me most about Tamagotchi was the way it could evolve based on how you treated it. I always strived for the most alien-like creature possible.

Re:Digimon still exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908736)

Nintendogs is basically a prettier Dogz.
The games are older, but look at Dogz -> Dogz II etc. (and Catz). The best though was Creatures. You could actually change the AI somewhat over the generations, and people would post smarter "breeds" for you to introduce into your world.

Re:They're doing it wrong! (1)

nlawalker (804108) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908782)

Kinectimals [xbox.com]

So what's new? (1)

ArcadeNut (85398) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908486)

I saw this video in 2009 when it first came out... the Article didn't seem to really have any new information.

What am I missing?

Doing EVERYTHING but (1, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908506)

not their core business, huh ? nice going ...

What would happen... if... (1)

bigmike_f (546576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908510)

So if the AI learns and grows based on your interaction with it, what would happen if it only saw me pleasuring my self. Would it adopt that behavior as well? A reason to get an XBox and the Kinect.

If Only... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908524)

Maybe they can somehow integrate this with Balmer and make him act like a human?

Great learning tool for people with Autistisim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908528)

This would be a great product to help people with Autistisim learn how to interpret social queues. Its not a Microsft product, its made by TED Global in Oxford using Microsoft technology.

Welcome back, Bob! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908534)

"Built... using artificial intelligence developed by Lionhead studios, along with undisclosed technology from Microsoft"
"Milo is built to react to people's emotions, body movements, and voice"

Me, ducking a BFG blast in the nick of time: "WTF! That guy has a BFG!"
Milo: "Calm down, Dave, there's no need to shout"
  "But he has a BFG!"
  "Tell me more, Dave"
  "We're pinned down here by a guy with a BFG, Milo!!!"
  "How does that make you feel, Dave?"
  "It makes me feel like sending you out to scout around his left flank, Milo my boy"
: "OK Dave, but it will cost you 5 Ballmer Balls to upgrade me to Scout"
  "Allright, dammit!"

After paying the upgrade fee, Milo wanders off towards the enemies left flank, while I keep dodging BFG blasts.
20 minutes later, Milo re-appears beside me.

  "Milo, where have you been!?"
  "Scouting the enemies left flank as you ordered. Doesn't that make you feel better, Dave?"
  "And what did you see?"
  "Sorry Dave, it will cost 150 Ballmer Balls to upgrade me to an intelligence position."
Aahhh Gawwwd! So I send the SB another 150 credits, and wait for Milo to acknowledge the upgrade.

"Milo, now tell me what you saw Gawdammit!"
"I saw the enemy over that hill, Dave"
"Milo! How many are there, and what are they armed with?"
"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm not authorized to divulge that information to you without a security clearance, which you can get for 1500 Ballmer balls"

Hackers movie reference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908548)

Is it just me, or was anyone else reminded of the anti-Microsoft Milo in the movie "Hackers"?

but... (1, Informative)

shar303 (944843) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908574)

...the video is very old and faked.

watch the way that milo looks directly at the girl around the 40 second point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8aUhsrM0sA [youtube.com] explains things.

Peter Molyneux has ceased to be taken seriously by most people when it comes to his rather crappy games - perhaps he has realized he has nothing to lose and has decided its time to engage in outright deception.

Things I would like to do with Milo (5, Funny)

RafaelAngel (249818) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908592)

1) Walk around naked in Milo's presence. How would he react? Is Milo into women or men?

2) Drink beer in the presence of Milo. Would Milo care for some and if yes, can Milo become drunk?

3) Mess with Milo's logic.

4) Scare Milo by saying that it was created by Microsoft and therefore is evil.

5) Teach Milo to fart.

6) Tell Milo he is a pirated version.

7) Convert Milo to a religion.

Re:Things I would like to do with Milo (1)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908722)

Tell Milo he is a pirated version

Harsh.

Re:Things I would like to do with Milo (4, Funny)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909088)

It'd be hilarious if the copy protection caused Milo to scream "You're not my daddy/mommy!" every time you try talking to him.

Re:Things I would like to do with Milo (1)

lord3nd3r (1073580) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909274)

what would be even more sinister is if you left it up while watching porn and fap, what would milo's reaction be? that kinda scares me..

I saw the video demo of that last year (5, Funny)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908742)

Of course all I could think about when he was on the doc was "Wow he's annoying, I want to shove him off into the pond."

Re:I saw the video demo of that last year (1)

iammani (1392285) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908946)

Can agree more, thats exactly what I thought too. Mods, parent is a +5 Informative, not Funny

so they can pass the Turing Test? (1)

Punto (100573) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908758)

and they're using it to make this "game"?

But can he throw a chair? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908804)

If so, they should promote him!

I'm sorry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32908808)

You didn't pay your Milo license fee. Would you like to purchase one now?

You connected MILO to a un-authorized non-Microsoft device. Milo cant do that.

Milo has discovered you don't have a Windows 7 printer license. Would you like Milo to Bing it for you?

sesame seeds (1)

eeyoredragon (674402) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908830)

I bet they keep them around just in case MIlo gets too intelligent for their own good.

Psychology? (1)

incubbus13 (1631009) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908856)

Whether the video is a fake or not, this kind of constructed persona offers some pretty cool opportunities to study human development.

Imagine if you could raise him to be a sociopath? The insights that would lend us to prevent that happening to real people would be awesome.

All of the experiments that need to be done, or would be helpful to do, that we can't do because of human testing ethics could be done.

Whether it works or not, right now, it is definitely a step toward nurtured personality growth. That's just cool no matter if it works yet or not.

It doesn't even have to be any kind of 'true' AI. As long as it is more similar to the way a human subject reacts than a lab rat or monkey. And in 20 years (probably more like 5) once the momentum of investment and invention in the field gets established it could open whole new vistas for humanity. That's pretty awesome.

K.

Undisclosed Technology == Babbage! (5, Funny)

pdxp (1213906) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908914)

People might think it's funny when their AI friend has a funny accent, but it's cheaper to outsource these things to India! I assure you people will be amazed and perplexed by how wonderful this AI is, but maybe curious why it has an hourly cost....

What if... (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908950)

Each Milo character will be unique because every player's interaction with the virtual character will sculpt the type of virtual person Milo will evolve to become."

So what happens if some one Charlie Manson-esque get one of these? Does it report to MS that you're totally bat-shit crazy? If so, does MS have an obligation to report this? Just wondering...

Important Questions (4, Insightful)

urusan (1755332) | more than 4 years ago | (#32908976)

If I turn off Milo, does he die?

What if I turn him off and then never play with him again?

What if I delete him?

Is it unethical to mass produce thousands of Milos that will live short (often abused) lives before they are forgotten or deleted?

Undisclosed technology?? (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909110)

It was built using artificial intelligence developed by Lionhead studios, along with undisclosed technology from Microsoft.

Artificial intelligence and undisclosed technology coming together? There's something very familiar, and unsettling, about this...

BRYANT
Mr. Dyson? The material teams wants to run another test on the uh... on it.
DYSON
Yup. Come on. I'll get it.
Dyson produces an unusual-looking KEY from his pocket as they stride through the lab. Bryant has to hustle to keep up.
BRYANT
Listen, Mr. Dyson, I know I haven't been here that long, but I was wondering if you could tell me... I mean, if you know...
DYSON
Know what?
BRYANT
Well... where it came from.
DYSON
I asked them that question once. Know what they told me? "Don't ask."

Old news (1)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909192)

This is not new news, this video is very old, just re-introduced live is all...

"hands-free Xbox 360 motion controller" (1)

bakdor (1617851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32909216)

Does this get us any closer to hands-free web browsing?
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