September 16, 2007

Virtual Clicker Training

The US PBS network's program Pet Tech featured Duncan, a virtual sheep dog who looks after a virtual flock. Created by a team at MIT's Media Lab, Duncan has a mind of his own and can learn to respond to verbal commands. Like a real dog, however, Duncan's performance often depends on the skill of his human master.

With advice from Gary Wilkes, they used a clicker to teach him a range of commands.

You can watch episodes of Pet Tech online.

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