Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peter Molyneux, the Music Man

Molyneux gave no impression that Milo was simply a tech demo when he unveiled it in 2009.  He presented Milo as a real ongoing project, with teams of developers and designers workign feverishly to create the future of video games and AI.  Here is what he was saying one year ago:

“The key thing there is that it seems real. I’m not pretending we’ve cracked the hardest problem of AI; I’m not saying this is the start of Cyberdyne Systems from Terminator.”

“The interesting thing is this uncanny valley and how we’re breaking through it. People who experience Milo really go away believing they can talk to him.”

Even last week, during E3 2010, Molyneux and Microsoft insisted that Milo was real, that it would appear soon, that there was no reason to question its absence from the show floor.  All of which was a lie.  The man's reputation now lies in ruins, destroyed.  I can't come away from the Milo debacle with any other thought.  Monorail...Monorail...Monorail...

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