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IDI Press Release - March 30, 2001
is proud to announce a virtual dialogue with
The programs in this IDI series embody speech recognition, digital video, and microprocessor technologies combined to give users an opportunity to conduct "face-to-face" interviews with notable people who would otherwise not be accessible to them. Users feel as if they are actually meeting and talking with the experts as they engage them in a two-way virtual dialogue.
Germond is an absorbing conversational companion, answering questions spoken by the user, such as 'Who is the most important person of your time?','How did you cover Watergate?', 'What story stands out in your mind?', 'What effect has television had on reporting?' and many others. The dynamic intelligent prompting method in every Virtual Conversations® program displays a continuous stream of relevant, cogent questions for the user to ask. There is enough information on the CD-ROM to conduct a meaningful, uninterrupted conversation with Germond for nearly an hour.
This program is one in a series being developed with a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the Department of Defense. The series will be distributed widely for educational purposes.
The educational effectiveness of the method has been validated repeatedly in rigorous scientific experiments funded by these agencies. In 1991, IDI was awarded U.S. Patent No. 5,006,987 to protect this unique method of dialogue with a virtual human subject. Subsequently, IDI developed a dynamic, intelligent prompting system to help users conduct a focused and informative dialogue with Virtual Conversations® characters. In 1997, U.S. Patent No. 5,730,603 was awarded to protect the intelligent prompting method. A third patent is pending.
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