Social Intelligence and Virtual Characters: Effects on the Individual in Society

By Gregory Garvey.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Virtual characters as seen in film, video games and increasingly on the web are now programmed to mimic social intelligence and emotional responsiveness enhanced with commonsense knowledge domains. Yet they still fail the Turing Test and betray limitations similar to autistic and dissociative psychological disorders. As we interact with them how will they impact our sense of what is human? How might they redefine our conception of ourselves, others and society?

Keywords: Computer Graphics, Animation, Virtual Characters, Synthespians, Vhost, Veepers, Chatterbots, Commonsense Knowledge Domains, Social Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Natural Language Interface, Computer Graphics, Autism, Dissociation, Border Theory

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 8, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.090MB).

Prof. Gregory Garvey

Gregory P. Garvey teaches in the Department of Computer Science and Interactive Digital Design at Quinnipiac University. His interactive computer based installations have exhibited in the U.S., Canada and Europe and have been written about in publications such as WIRED Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, the London Daily Telegraph and others. He is a frequent contributor to ACM-SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SLSA and other symposia. Previously at Quinnipiac University he was the Visiting Fellow in the Arts and also was an Associate Artist of the Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale University. Prior to joining Quinnipiac University he was Chair of the Department of Design Art at Concordia University in Montreal and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Design Institute. He received a Masters of Science in Visual Studies degree from MIT and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT from 1983-85. He also has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin.


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