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Press Release: iHal

March 9, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 1:52 PM

iHal – a new form of life – on your iPhone!

Tel-Aviv, 10 March 2010 – International Language Machines Ltd. ("ILM") today announced iHal, a new platform for the iPhone and iPod touch, available now on the Apple App Store.

iHal is a conversational learning algorithm, trained to acquire any language from a human trainer. Users start with a fresh copy of Hal, and teach him to speak, while shaping his personality. Hal learns from each input, and gets better by the minute!

A Hal personality can speak virtually any language. The only requirement is for the iPhone to have the appropriate alphabet installed. Users can train personalities to speak English, Finnish, Hindu and even Gibberish. Hals can be brought up to become cynic, funny or morbid. The sky is the limit. And just like it is with humans, no two Hals are alike.

The way Hal learns is by trial and error: When Hal reproduces a correct or appropriate response, the user simply goes on with the conversation. Correcting Hal and teaching it a better response is easy – a simple tap on the false response and it becomes editable.

iHal is based on Hal, Ai’s artificial intelligence engine, in development since 2000. While being a fun and addictive language game, iHal enables users to take part in a serious scientific experiment. Since iHal’s brain is located on a remote server, users must be connected to the Internet (either through WiFi or 3G) in order to use it. Trainers that have created a mature iHal personality can share it with other trainers in a public "Hal Nursery".

About ILM

International Language Machines Ltd. (ILM) is the commercial subsidiary of Ai research. ILM mobilizes and pocketizes the ideas and technologies behind Ai, namely artificial intelligence, language and everything in between. iHal is its first public release, with a few other interesting projects currently in the works. For more information, visit

About Ai research

Artificial Intelligence Research (Ai), established 2000, is a privately funded research project, focusing on implementing Artificial Intelligence in conversational systems: technology that enables machines to converse with humans in natural language. Ai's research facility is located in Savyon, Israel. For more information, visit

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