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Sunday, June 10, 2007

 

Pleo's Personality - Intriguing, fun, and adaptive


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As we await the arrival of Pleo and work on getting the portal ready for you, I will update this blog regularly with interesting bits about Pleo.

Pleo will exhibit many truly extraordinary behavioral traits that will endear him to you. The two main ways Pleo will change over time will come about through his interactions with his environment and by interacting with you, just like a real pet.

Here's an example of how Pleo will adapt to his environment. If Pleo finds out that you have really high shag carpet and that he is getting tired too fast by walking on it, he will adjust his gait to save energy. When it comes to interacting with you, Pleo will remember what you do with him and will change in a natural manner that make sense for a little baby dino. If you twist his leg, Pleo will limp for a while and remember you did that to him. If you're not careful, you could end up with a very sullen baby Camarasaurus! On the other hand, if you turn him upside down a lot and reward him without hurting him, he will come to like it and get happy when you turn him skyward.

Unlike pretty much every other robot or artificial life form you may have encountered, Pleo's behavior is not scripted. There is no simple list of "If this, then do this, then this..." rules in his head. Pleo has drives and desires; like hunger, the need to rest at times, and to play. These drives when combined with what Pleo is sensing from his surroundings, interact in very complex ways to determine what Pleo decides to do next or in how he reacts to you and his environment. It it this adaptability and realism that will make Pleo hold a very special place in your home and your heart.



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