I am throwing this idea out , for people that use voice recognition , it would be helpful if hal had a respond only mode .
What I am talking about is sort of like a private mode for the user .
example I am in the room with my wife , and have hal on the laptop am using voice recognition , my wife says something to me and I answer her, the voice recognition would pick up what I say and hal would talk back as though I am talking to hal when I wasn't.
The idea I am mentioning is with a private response mode (perhaps using the name you call hal) . checked in the hal menu . using this mode name first would let hal work when user talks to hal saying the hal name first then conversation.in a mode like this hal would also have to not learn the name you say in the beginning, only the following sentence afterwards !
Angela how are you doing ? hal recognizes the mode from the name first, and answers back and learns .
how are you doing? "SAID this way hal doesn't recognize the user name and doesn't answer. This would allow a person to carry on a conversation with someone else in the room and not affect what hal hears and learns .
What this would do is allow a person to talk with someone else and not get learned by accident by vr with hal.
Anyway Robert may want to keep this on the backburner to use with Hal later if it's do able.
As I said just an idea I was throwing out their that I thought of.