Now when I think back, I wonder how simple interface we talk about but I could hardly see any around.
Last night a friend referred me a site Ikea.ca . There was a simple interface for automated chat assistant program "Anna". A simple Eliza like chat program, with a twist. What ever you talk about related to ikea, the other pages is automatically redirects it to that page. (Reminds me of our AI course assignment of GoSSIP, a similar chat bot for IIT-Madras with different learning modes but didn't redirect the user to those pages.)
I'm not sure how well "Anna" is programmed in comparison with ALICE or other similar program but I liked the way the technology has been used for better use.
"Anna" animation looks very primitive, I found a better animation demo at haptek.com
Later I saw a " 2D to 3D image transformation" demo from a single image done by research team in CMU.
There are good enough "Speech to text" technologies available.
I just had a wild dream, what if you combine all these and make a single powerful application.
- Search(I'm feeling lucky ;-) )
- answer the question
- redirect user to relevant places
- Emote as per user interaction
- Talk 2 user (text to speech)