I think everyone saw the excitement in the news last year when the new Amazon Echo launched. Along with the interest in these devices, there is a real media inertia towards natural voice interfaced software with the likes of Cortana, Siri and Alexa . So recently I have been playing with the possibilities of integrating agents like these into my Articulate Storyline courses. I think this is an exciting integration that bodes for some revolutionary changes in the way we can teach using computers and the internet. I am starting out my experiments using API.AI which is a cloud based agent creator, which comes with an enormous base of natural language responses to spoken questions. The API.AI program is a very deep artifcial intelligent response system which can respond with spoken answers to natural language voice recognition of hundreds of questions. It can also be linked to a search engine and work like Cortana to find answers to a student question on the internet. Combined with the Speech API (also from Google), the Storyline course can now talk with the student asking questions and responding to student answers and questions in a progressive system through a course outline. I am working to have Storyline triggers integrated so as to also respond to the input from the agent and the student to bring up and move through slides of videos and quizes and tests.
If anyone is working with these kinds of systems (I believe that Experience Builders has been doing something similar for years on a proprietary platform), I would like to know what kind of subject matter you are applying it to.
I have been looking over my old programmed learning courses to see if they might be expanded to on that form here.