Synthetic Interview

Synthetic interview is a software technology that allows a computer model of a human personality to interact conversationally with a human (or perhaps another synthetic interview instance). The program attempts to match its input to a pre-constructed list of possible questions a guest may ask. Synthetic interview generates a best match and an associated score for accuracy. The character uses this software to process comments from a guest.

For an additional example of the synthetic interview technology, be sure to check out A Conversation with Bill Joy and Schmooze with Albert Einstein.

Synthetic Interview was first invented by Mike Christel and Scott Stevens, and later refined by Alex Hauptmann and Don Marinelli. The Interactive Animatronics Initiative would like to thank the developers of this technology for allowing its use in the project.

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