In Oxford, England, an event called TEDGlobal 2010 is underway. TEDGlobal, (or Technology, Entertainment and Design Global to deconstruct it's acronym) is a non-profit organisation devoted to 'Ideas Worth Spreading'. The tag line of TEDGlobal is rather charming too; "And Now The Good News".
As we all know, Milo was first demonstrated at E3 2009 as part of Microsoft's unnamed and secretive Natal project which was later deemed Kinect. The demonstration was conducted by a member of Lionhead's staff as she freely interacted and conversed with a virtual character.
'There was a huge row online about that with people saying this can't be real', Peter Molyneux noted at TEDGlobal, whilst steadfastly assuring people it was. Since that first demonstration, Kinect has been announced and a release window given along with some launch titles. Milo however was notable through his absence. However, Molyneux revealed that Lionhead
haven't abandoned him:
We're changing the mind of Milo constantly. No two people's Milos can be the same - you are actually sculpting a human being. Some of the things you are doing will change the course of his life. Most of it is just a trick - but it is a trick that actually works.
Speaking about the initial 'set up' phase during which the software, or rather Milo, learned to recognise you, your expressions and your intonations, Molyneux went on to explain that the later stages of the experience allowed the player to explore the environment with Milo more freely. He noted:
There are lots of adventures - some of which are quite dark.
The fact that Lionhead
haven't put this project to bed, are still developing the AI and scope of Milo might seem to indicate that Lionhead
would like this to be used by the public at some time in the future.
His mind is based in the cloud. As millions of people use it, Milo will get smarter
Perhaps not a slice of news according to everyone's taste, but I personally do admire Molyneux's visions and ideologies along with his studios attempts to deliver always something more. To finish with a quote from Molyneux, he justifies the reasoning for wanting to push the boundaries using Kinect thus:
Films, TV, even hallowed books, are just rubbish because they don't involve me. It's a sea of blandness. [Milo is] a new revolution in storytelling. I can promise you that if you are sitting in front of this screen, that is a truly wonderful moment.