Confucius Computer: Bridging intergenerational communication through illogical and cultural computing

Eng Tat Khoo, Adrian David Cheok, Wei Liu, Xiaoming Hu, Peter Marini, Vira Saksen, Jialei Jiang, Henry Been Lirn Duh

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Confucius Computer is a new form of illogical cultural computing based on the Eastern paradigms of balance and harmony. The system uses new media to revive and model ancient Eastern and Confucius philosophies and teachings, presenting them in new contexts, such as online social chat, music and food. Based on the model of Eastern mind and teaching, the system enables users to have meaningful social network communication with a virtual Confucius. The Confucius Computer system offers a new artistic playground for interactive music-painting creation based on our Confucius music filters and the ancient model of Cycles of Balance. Confucius Computer also allows users to explore the traditional Chinese medicine concept of Yin-Yang through interactive recipe creation. Detailed descriptions of the systems are presented in this paper. Our user studies showed that users gave positive feedbacks to their experience of interacting with Confucius Computer. They believed that this media could improve intergenerational interaction and promote a sense of calmness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-265
Number of pages17
JournalVirtual Reality
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Confucius
  • Cultural computing
  • Illogical computing
  • Intergenerational communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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