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Microsoft invents computerized “lifeform” named Milo

Meet Milo – he’s an 11-year-old boy who lives inside a computer. Developed by Microsoft, Milo is actually a computer program who apparently experiences emotions and interacts with you via ears (microphone) and eyes (a stereo video camera).

Developed by Peter Molyneux and a team of Microsoft engineers for the Xbox’s Kinect hands-free controller, Milo is more than a game – it’s a virtual friend … or child … whose personality is shaped by his interactions with you.

Last month, Molyneux demonstrated Milo – that demonstration was caught on the video below, courtesy of TED.org:

Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft’s Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns — recognizing and responding to you.

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David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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