After seeing Qwaider’s last post on Project Natal, I YouTube’d the project and found something related to Natal : Milo. Apparently Milo is an interactive child linked with Project Natal, that interacts with you as a normal human being would. He’s programmed to do everything, including know how you’re feeling from the tone of your voice. He has voice and facial recognition software, including full interactive capabilities. My judgement on Natal varies however way I look at it. Is it an exquisite piece of technology ? Yes it is. Is it something I would say is extremely functional ? No, I don’t think it is. I’m going to post 2 videos, the first of Natal itself and the second of Milo. Watch them both and tell me what you think.
Would you really want to play a car game by holding your hands out like we used to, back when we were 6, and pretend we were driving in the back of dad’s SUV ? Wouldn’t your arms get tired of being held up like that, not grabbing anything for support, especially if you’re a hard core gamer ?
How about Milo ? An interactive child in a TV set ? Everyone who’s seen the movie AI remembers the idea of “feelings” and what really separates us from artificial intelligence. Those were physical robots, now this is a virtual boy in a TV set asking you why you’re feeling upset ? Jesus Christ, what’s happening to this world ? Seriously, what happened to going out in the wild ? Actually fishing! What happened to playing basketball instead of grabbing a controller and playing NBA Live, or now having to “pretend” we’re throwing a ball into a hoop, or jumping up and down instead of on a real skateboard. Where’s the fun in skateboarding if you’re not going to fall and hurt yourself a few times. Natal my ass! Milo my ass! You want to meet a little boy and talk to him go to the park. [Warning : in no way am I encouraging grown-ass men and women to go to the park and start talking to little boys. Unless you’re Michael Jackson, please don’t attempt it.]