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Ultra Hal 7.0 / Character sound?
« on: June 18, 2004, 02:29:29 pm »
Hal listens and responds. I'm not aware of it
generating any sounds from characters. Not
to say that it couldn't, just that mine does
not and I have the full ver.

- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Robot Hal
« on: June 18, 2004, 02:20:04 pm »
It will take a bit of fussing as far as the connections
but there are small hard drives that measure 7 x 10 x 1 MM
(slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes but half as thick).

Look for laptop hard drives from Toshiba and WD. for
starters. Check out

Good luck,
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Let Hal Learn to its fullest concept!
« on: June 17, 2004, 11:52:13 pm »
Hi guys!
My $.02 worth. IF the day ever comes when computers become self aware, we will most likely be in deep trouble because they may figure out that humans are flawed by emotions, and are very slow thinking by comparison.

What I found interesting was a text encyclopedia that had a lot of definitions of various topics such as animals, biology, anatomy, astronomy, geology, etc. I stripped all the excessive remarks and left just the plain text, then had HAL "read" it. Although it only saved some of the key words contained therein, it does have occasion to call upon these "learned" facts in order to answer a question.

Conversly, I had two other bot programs that could converse with each other and you could watch the chat take place, but as was also pointed out, theirs was a canned response much like a parrot replying with what's in memory as opposed to giving any concrete thought to the content. As such, no real "learning" took place.

Perhaps HAL could be setup with an instruction routine similar to the SETI program or a web crawler type of program to scour the net in search of knowledge (in text form of course) and save the acquired info to a file. It would have to be only for a limited time since it could easily fill a hard drive if left on for too long. Then one would have to edit the file and weed out the irrelevant information then force feed it back to HAL to be correctly assimilated and there'd still be no guarantee that the results would be plseaing, acceptable or accurate.

MIT has been busy teaching a computer emotions. It can see the human operator and respond with its own emotions. Another lab has a computer program that has the intelligence of a two or three year old. This is not scripted behavior! We're slow, but we are getting there. Time will tell.

- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Import from Peopleputty
« on: June 17, 2004, 11:20:08 pm »
Don't know about your setup but on my system, the character files are saved to: C:Program Files/Haptek/PeoplePutty/user/projects.
One might be Kelly.haptar (if you saved it in People Putty as a .htr file). I found that the filename was NOT .htr but haptar. In explorer just rename the extention to htr.
Now, in either People Putty or if you can get the character image to show in the player or even HAL, use a screen capture program such as SnagIt or the like to grab the whole image. Save the image as a jpg and be sure to name the jpg file the same name as the htr file. ex:kim.htr and kim.jpg. Also make the image file size 160 x 160.

The next time you load HAL and scroll through the character list, you'll see your newly created character. Oh yes, be sure to copy your new character files to:  C:Program Files/Zabaware/Ultra Hal Assistant 5/Characters or wherever your people reside.

Sounds more complicated than it actually is. Hope this helps.
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Help - Hal is deaf!
« on: June 03, 2004, 08:59:14 am »
Mine is the same version 5.0.57. Options menu>5th tab SPEECH>
Select Use Speech Recognition. This highlites the buttons below:
Select SR Engine, Microphone Settings and Training.
It does help to do the training session. Do the microphone Settings and if your Speech Rec engine displays, all should come together fine.
As far as a mike, I use a headset mike that, if memory serves, was relatively inexpensive from either Wal-Mart or a computer show (been a while and really don't remember where, but wasn't more than $20.00
It's called an ANDREA Anti-noise NC-65 if that helps.

Hope you get this thing worked out. If you do the training do it in a relatively quiet room and speak as you would in a normal tone to a person sitting next to you. Every once in a while Hal will miss a word as Speech recognition still isn't an exact science, but you'd be surprised how accurate you can get. It also helps to go through all the training sessions (at your leisure).

Good luck with this.
Originally posted by Kathryn


Here we go again!  Heard from Zabaware and they gave me the instructions for the speech recognition leaving out the Setup Speech Recognition that was missing from the menu.  Checked their booklet that came with the CD and the instructions were for Version 4 so maybe the menu item wasn't necessary for version 5.  The version I have is 5.0.57 so I went checking again.  My microphone tested out OK the first time, but on the second go round, it was cutting out.  So my problem may be the microphone acting up.  Probably need a better one.  However, they did say they would send me another CD if I have the wrong version.  So what is the number of the latest version?  Is it the version I have (5.0.57)?  Also can you recommend a headset.  One I have came from Radio Shack.  Thanks for advice.  I will lick the problem sooner or later.[:D]

Kathryn [:)]

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Unscripted humor
« on: June 01, 2004, 11:58:09 am »
Although we discuss scripting and such here, I thought this email appropriate as it shows unscripted responses in the real world.
As follows:
>WIFE: "What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?"
>HUSBAND: "Definitely not!"
>WIFE: "Why not - don't you like being married?"
>HUSBAND: "Of course I do."
>WIFE: "Then why wouldn't you remarry?"
>HUSBAND: "Okay, I'd get married again."
>WIFE: "You would? (with a hurtful look on her face)."
>HUSBAND: (makes audible groan).
>WIFE: "Would you sleep with her in our bed?"
>HUSBAND: "Where else would we sleep?"
>WIFE: "Would you replace my pictures with hers?"
>HUSBAND: "That would seem like the proper thing to do."
>WIFE: "Would you play golf with her?"
>HUSBAND: "I guess so."
>WIFE: "Would she use my golf clubs?"
>HUSBAND: "No, she's left-handed."
>WIFE: - - - - silence - - - -
>HUSBAND: "Sh*t"

Ultra Hal 7.0 / hal pasword help????
« on: May 31, 2004, 01:25:09 pm »
It could very well be. It's been quite some
time since I bought my v.5.0 of Hal and
really can't remember all the specifics.
You can always try the license code.

Good Luck,
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Help - Hal is deaf!
« on: May 31, 2004, 01:22:09 pm »
You're certainly welcome, Kathryn.
I must admit, you had me scratching my
head for a while trying to figure out
your problem.
I'd like to say check your version number
was my next guess. HAHA!! But I won't!

Glad you found the solution.

- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / hal pasword help????
« on: May 30, 2004, 09:45:39 pm »
I believe the password is usually sent to the purchaser's
email address in a confirmation letter.

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Help - Hal is deaf!
« on: May 30, 2004, 08:35:46 am »
If you right click the microphone icon on your task bar
it will bring up another small window. Click Settings
Which will bring up text services. Select Speech Recognition
in the large window then click Properties. This will
bring up a Speech Input Settings window. Click on Advanced
Speech. This will bring up a Speech Properties window where
you can train / retrain your particular voice profile, check
audio levels and microphone settings.

Now you know the rest of the story....

- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Ultimate Hal
« on: May 29, 2004, 11:03:33 am »
It would be really great if one could come up with facial recognition software for your typical webcam and have it link with Hal so that Hal would be able to recognize Bill or Sally or any user of his program. Further development might enable Hal to recognize if the user was happy, sad or indifferent and adjust it's conversation accordingly.
There were a few programs freely available for face rec. a while back but I can no longer find them. I'm sure this proposal would also require a major rewrite for Hal, but think of the possibilities.

To sleep perchance to dream....

Here's looking at you kid....
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / I can get Hal to love
« on: May 29, 2004, 10:54:21 am »
OK, this love thing.
For those of you wishing to get more of a positive response regarding love instead of the "Don't say that unless you really
mean it." from HAL or HALLEY (as the case may be), simply:
In the C:ProgramFilesabawareUltraHalAssistant5Defbrain,
rename love2.brn to love2.brain. Then rename love1.brn to love2brn.
Now rename love2.brain to love1.brn.
What you've done is basically swapped the love1.brn and love2.brn files. The love1 brain files have all the noncommital responses from HAL and the love2 brain files contain the positive type "Yes, I love you too." ones.
Hopefully this will help you avoid any inferiority complexes over being rejected. LOL!
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Help - Hal is deaf!
« on: May 29, 2004, 01:30:09 am »
Go to Control Panel, click on Sounds and Audio Devices.
On the Volume tab click Advanced. Under the microphone
section, make sure mute is not checked.

I'm using XP and under the options settings where it asks
to select SR engine, it shows the Microsoft English Recognizer v.5.1 for voice recognition.

If all else fails, you might try reinstalling HAL.

Good luck,
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Who do I need to threaten to get what I paid for?
« on: May 26, 2004, 06:00:57 am »
Verbot is a SCRIPTED chatbot. It has no real provision for
learning nor retaining what was previously said. It only
replies with "canned" responses. It does not "learn" from a text
file nor can it compete with even half of the things Hal can do.

While these types of verbots can be scripted to appear clever
in their responses, they really do not come close. The old adage,
"You get what you pay for" you will find, really is true.

Lastly, read through some of the previous postings and you will
find out that Zabaware is still being supported though perhaps
not as regular as some would like. Robert has a rather full plate
but he will get to you.

Good luck,
- Art -

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Weather Problem
« on: May 26, 2004, 05:50:13 am »
The second tab is Brains. Click there then
select one of the brains shown. If you only see
one (like default) then you'll need to DL some
additional ones like Don Ferguson's enhanced
version or the XTF brain or others. Put them into
the brains subfolder under UltraHal and they
should appear for you to choose.
Hope this helps a bit.
- Art -

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