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DevFestMI: Moving conversations with robots from science fiction to reality

Bryce Howitson
September 21, 2019

DevFestMI: Moving conversations with robots from science fiction to reality

Voice UI’s are everywhere, but the experience ranges from mediocre to downright scary. Fortunately, pop culture provides a century of context of what good VUI sounds like. We’ll survey the best of pop culture to learn the 3 laws of ROBOT interface and explore how to make sci-fi reality

Bryce Howitson

September 21, 2019

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  7. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was

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  8. When would you like to travel? Vague and open ended

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  9. A. Bread Things that float in water: B. Apples C.

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