Paper given at the MOCO conference, Vancouver Oct 2015
Meeting a virtual human in VR is a powerful emotional experience that can trigger strong psychological and physical reactions. The holy grail for VR developers is to create a virtual human that behaves and responds realistically when you meet them.
An animated character looking at me that's one thing. A human being looking right at my eyes, interacting with me that is not there with me. That's a man on the moon moment. That's the first telephone call.