Ultra Hal Wins Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence
Zabaware’s Ultra Hal software won the “most human” computer of the year in the 17th annual Loebner Prize Competition for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The company’s mission “giving your computer the power of thought” once considered a futuristic pipe dream is becoming a 2007 reality. It is one thing to talk to your computer, it is quite another to have a conversation where you are exchanging information and the computer learns and utilizes the information in the future. Ultra Hal does just that!
Ever wondered what it would be like to be able to chat with your DesktopMates character just like you would with a human being?
Well, now you can! With the Ultra Hal Artificial Intelligence Program you can chat with your DesktopMates character about anything you want. Ultra Hal has a huge conversational database and also has the ability to learn from every sentence that you say, and after a while of chatting with your character they can even develop a similar personality to yours.
Artificial Intelligence is the wave of the future and will one day become the standard on how we will interact with our computers.
What's the difference between MS Agent Technology and Ultra Hal's Artificial Intelligence
Both technologies are based on a similar concept but there are some major differences. Both rely on and use the same artificial speech engines and voice recognition technology which is one of the foundations of artificial intelligence and both can have characters performing similar tasks and duties for you, but this about where the similarities end. The major difference is in character interaction with the user, the interaction with your character using MS Agent technology is based on pre-programmed responses to commands which is rather limited, however with Ultra Hal's Artificial Intelligence program you can have actual conversations with your character and your character also has the ability to actually learn from your conversations and over time even develop it's own personality, this is the foundation of what makes Ultra Hal truely unique and one of the very few true AI programs being developed as a desktop application.
Does this Artificial Intelligence program only allow me to chat with my DesktopMates character or can it have my character perform other functions or duties as well??
The Ultra Hal Artificial Intelligence program can also have your DesktopMates character remember and remind you of appointments, keep an address book and a phone book, and even dial phone numbers for you! Your character will also be able to run many of your programs and recent documents on command and even launch websites from your favorite bookmarks. Your character will also offer you help with most of your Windows programs by researching the program's help files. Your character has the ability do to all of these things by simply just asking in plain English!
Is Ultra Hal a true Artificial Intelligence program? Read this article that attempts to put things into perspective in regards to the realities and misconceptions of artificial intelligence.
This sounds great but I have already purchased DesktopMates characters that I really like, does this mean I will have to purchase a different version to use with Ultra Hal??
NO, absolutely not, in fact you can use your favorite DesktopMates characters that you already have with MS Agent programs like CyberBuddy and Zabaware's Artificial Intelligence program "Ultra Hal". As a service to our customers to allow them to expand on the use of their characters and get even more enjoyment from of them, we have created free plugins for all of our characters that will patch your existing DesktopMates characters into the "Ultra Hal" program.
How do I install the DesktopMates character into Hal so I can use it with Hal? Do I have to copy the character's file somewhere into the Hal program folder?
No, you don't have to install DesktopMates characters into Hal. All MS Agent characters are installed into a special default character folder which is part of the MS Agent core components on your system. Hal as well as CyberBuddy, or any other MS Agent program, loads characters directly from this folder. When you select a DesktopMates character from the Hal character list, Hal will automatically create a UHP file for it, but we recommend using our character plugins for Hal which will install the proper UHP files designed especially for DesktopMates characters. Character plugins are available on our Plugins page. If the DesktopMates character, or any other MS Agent character doesn't appear in the Hal character selection list you may not have Hal properly installed, if you're using XP or NT, make you're logged onto your system with a user account that has administrator privileges. For additional info try our FAQ.
So how do I get the Ultra Hal Artificial Intelligence Program and how much does it cost??
You can download a fully functional 31 day trial version of the Ultra Hal Artificial Intelligence program form the link provided below. If you decide you like the program you can purchase the full version for $29.95 by clicking the "Purchase Hal" button located on the program's chat screen. The trial version contains NO Adware or Spyware (DesktopMates.com does NOT endorse or recommend programs containing spyware or adware).
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Useful tips and info on using the Ultra Hal Artificial Intelligence Program.
If you have problems running Hal on Vista try doing a RIGHT CLICK on the UltraHal icon then Select "Run as Administrator", and it should then run ok on Vista.
Be sure Ultra Hal is installed with an account that has Administrator privileges.
NOTE: If you want to use speech recognition which allows you to speak verbal commands to Hal instead of just typing, you'll need speech recognition software. Hal works with popular speech recognition programs such as "Dragon Naturally Speaking" and "IBM ViaVoice". You can also download and use Microsoft's Speech SDK 5.1 for free from here ... http://www.microsoft.com/speech/download/sdk51/ you'll need a high speed connection as it's a 68 mb download (Scroll down to the list of available downloads and select "SpeechSDK51.exe"). The Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 is included on the CD version of Ultra Hal, purchase info and links are provided in the trial version.
Also check out the Answerpad Artificial Intelligence Program. A basic no frills AI program that's fun and easy to use and is 100% free, and like all programs recommended or endorsed by DesktopMates.com, it contains NO Adware or Spyware what-so-ever! Find out more ...