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General Discussion / Re: hals brain needs to be updated
« on: July 03, 2022, 02:35:02 pm »
Nicely put, Lightspeed and very true.

Hal has enough bells and whistles for the moment, although a working "vision" (face recognition) routine would really be appreciated.

Hal does possess many abilities that other bots do not have but having worked with, tested, and experimented with Hal for over two decades, I certainly agree with you on the need for Hal to better use its learned information, to be more topical (staying on the subject), and be more creative as a conversationalist.
(lose those tired old sayings that is part of its 'canned' responses.

Hal isn't a Google AI but it is a great deal of fun for the money and has been entertaining hundreds of people for many years.

Put these thoughts on the wish list.


Yes, that was a pretty interesting discussion with an AI.

General Discussion / Re: LIGHTSPEED IDEA'S
« on: June 01, 2022, 08:15:42 am »

There has been a Weather Plugin that I have always used and it has been available for many years!
It's called the Weather Alert v.5.uhp and it is 16 KB in size.

I can ask it to check the current temperature or conditions, wind speed, etc., or what I like best is that sometimes it will alert me on its own if it determines that the current conditions might pose a hazard like: "It's currently 10 degrees outside. It is extremely cold so be careful." or something to that effect.

The user will need to supply their particular local airport or airfield Code for the Plugin to know which location to report.

They will need to go to: https://w1.weather.gov/
Near the top left, enter their City and State then they will see a location with a 4-letter CODE.
In your case use the Kirksville Regional Airport (KIRK) code.

There are 7 locations inside of the Plugin to supply that 4-letter code (replace it with the ones that are shown in the Plugin).
This is a typical line that will need to have the existing CODE replaced: objXMLDoc.load("http://w1.weather.gov/xml/current_obs/KAOH.xml")
(Those 4 letters are for Lima, Ohio).

The Line Numbers are:

Be sure to SAVE the Plugin after you have made the substitutions for your location.

PS - Use any text editor and look inside of the Weather plugin to see the different phrases it has that the user might say or ask for.

General Discussion / Re: just sad
« on: May 29, 2022, 09:04:24 am »
Very sad...

I'm glad that I never used the Duck for anything...I have other products and methods...

Good find Cyber!

I sent an email to Robert on your behalf.

- Art -

I think that just about everything will soon be just an illusion...

Like that old Beatle's song lyric, "...nothing is real..." (Strawberry Fields).

Ultra Hal Assistant File Sharing Area / Re: Image of the day
« on: April 16, 2022, 04:51:01 pm »
Nicely done Cyber!

Good stuff!

Hey CyborgBob!

Nice video! Good to see you still visiting the forum as it has been some time.

Try out the 7.5 Cloud version where you can talk to Curie, an AI with 1.75 billion exchanges and she's pretty smart!

It only gets better from there.

UltraHal 7.0 will allow you to keep and use your 6.x Hal brain so none of your old information is lost.

Don't be a stranger...

- Art -

I've contacted Robert for an answer for you...

I am awaiting a response from Robert in this regard as I too, experienced a similar message.

Ultra Hal 7.5.129 Beta - Now free to use
? on: February 25, 2021, 10:55:12 am ?

From Robert Medeksza:

I posted an update today, version 7.5.129 at: https://www.zabaware.com/download-beta.html

This version essentially makes the base Hal 7.5 free and removes 31-day trial and the need to purchase it for $29.95. No licensing system anymore or weekly login requirements!

Using the GPT-3 powered brain or the Hal 7 cloud brain still requires a login, but if you wish to use an old Hal 6 brain offline, it's free with no licensing restrictions. Character and voice plugins are still for sale, so if you want to continue to support Zabaware please purchase plugins. And GPT-3 usage credits are for sale if you want to use the GPT-3 powered brain.

The GPT-3 powered beta brain is now also open to all interested people to test out, not just current customers. Everyone gets 1000 free usage credits upon verifying a new unique email login.

This essentially puts Ultra Hal for Windows on the same sales model as the upcoming Ultra Hal for Android and IOS will be. Free to play, with addons and GPT-3 credits for sale. If you purchase Hal for Windows you'll be able to access the same brain on mobile and vice versa.
Modify message

Make sure you do not have Cloud learning or Cloud brain selected. Make sure it's set to Local only.
If your issue still continues, I'd be happy to contact Robert in your behalf for an answer or perhaps someone else will weigh in.

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Re: No response from Hal, but only in 'local learning' mode
« on: February 17, 2022, 09:08:36 am »
In the past, I have found that sometimes changing HAL's TTS Voice, restart HAL, chat for a minute or so then go back and select a preferred voice, start HAL again and the voice would work fine.

Not sure why this is happening but it has cropped up over the years every once in a while but not often.

Glad you found a fix.

Perhaps you could try going back to your other Brain and see if it now speaks aloud.

Good luck either way!

Have you upgraded to the latest version 7.5?

Everything is supposed to be backward compatible even with your existing Brain files and Plugins plus you can also go to the cloud and chat with Hal using a GPT-3 model for enhanced conversational intelligence that's pretty amazing!

Your login info should have changed.

Let us know how you do...

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Re: No response from Hal, but only in 'local learning' mode
« on: February 16, 2022, 09:51:26 am »

Have you tried other Characters?

Press the enter key by itself to hear if Hal responds.

Make sure you have the proper checkboxes selected in the General, Brain, and Character sections.
Sometimes selecting another voice like the L&H one, do a Test the Voice, then go back to the one you normally use.

Restart Hal after doing these items.

You should be able to select many Plugins like Age & Gender, Loneliness, MarkovL5, and more.

Try some other characters and if you're still having issues let us know. Good luck!!

That some Good News Lightspeed and a big thanks for Robert coming to the rescue. Hal has gone through a lot of changes over the years and every now and then it still poses a good deal of challenges for us.

Enjoy your Hal once again!!

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