David Burden, Maggi Savin-Baden
Chapman and Hall/CRC
February 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 290 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138558014 - CAT# K43349
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Series
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Virtual Humans: Today and Tomorrow provides much needed definitions of what constitutes a "virtual human" and places them within a taxonomy of artificial intelligence. It explores the approaches to creating and using virtual humans, as well as issues such as embodiment, identity, and agency and their resulting ethical challenges. The book presents an overview of current research and practice in this area thus far, and outlines the major challenges faced by today’s developers, teachers, and researchers. This includes the possibility of using virtual humans for teaching, training, and knowledge management, and the book situates many of these discussions around related applications (e.g. Siri, Cortana, Alexa) and the portrayal of virtual humans within Science Fiction.
About the Authors
David Burden is a Chartered European Engineer and the Founder and CEO of Daden Limited.
Maggi Savin-Baden is a Professor of Education at the University of Worcester.
Part I The Landscape
Chapter 1 What are Virtual Humans?
Chapter 2 Virtual Humans and Artificial Intelligence
Part II Technology
Chapter 3 Body and Senses
Chapter 4 Mind
Chapter 5 Communication
Chapter 6 Architecture
Chapter 7 Embodiment
Chapter 8 Assembling and Assemblages
Part III Identity
Chapter 9 Digital Ethics
Chapter 10 Identity and Agency
Chapter 11 Virtual Humans for Education
Chapter 12 Digital Immortality
Chapter 13 Futures and Possibilities