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How Sci-fi taught us to experience voice UI (Devfest DC)

How Sci-fi taught us to experience voice UI (Devfest DC)

Over a century of science fiction has created an expectation of how we interact with voice interfaces. This talk covers those expectations and what we can learn from them when building VUI for the future.

Bryce Howitson

June 14, 2019

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  1. Hello I’m Bryce Howitson (artist) You can find me on

    Twitter @howitson @Howitson #devfestdc
  2. Interface on Repeat CLI Text Based GUI Iconographic VUI Intent

    Based ??? Predictive? @Howitson #devfestdc
  3. I Learned everything I need to know about VUI from

    Science Fiction @Howitson #devfestdc
  4. As the appearance of a robot is made more human,

    observers' emotional response to the robot becomes increasingly positive and empathetic, until it reaches a point beyond which the response quickly becomes strong revulsion. Uncanny Valley - Masahiro Mori @Howitson #devfestdc
  5. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was

    talking too much. Yogi Berra @Howitson #devfestdc
  6. When would you like to travel? Vague and open ended

    What date would you like to leave? You’re going to get what you expect @Howitson #devfestdc
  7. A. Bread Things that float in water: B. Apples C.

    Small Rocks D. A Duck @Howitson #devfestdc
  8. if (weight = duck) { return madeOfWood } if(madeOfWood){ let

    a = “witch” } @Howitson #devfestdc
  9. There he lay, a vast red-golden dragon, fast asleep; thrumming

    came from his jaws and nostrils, and wisps of smoke, but his fires were low in slumber. Beneath him, under all his limbs and his huge coiled tail, and about him on all sides stretching away across the unseen floors, lay countless piles of precious things, gold wrought and unwrought, gems and jewels, and silver red-stained in the ruddy light. Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat.
  10. Learning Google Google Cloud AI & ML https:/ /cloud.google.com/text-to-speech Actions

    on Google https:/ /developers.google.com/actions Amazon Alexa Skills Kit https:/ /developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit Voice Tutorials http:/ /Alexa.design Podcasts The Voicebot Podcast Voice Tech Podcast The Practical Voice Podcast (VUX.World) @Howitson #devfestdc
  11. Prototyping VoiceFlow Build fully functional apps Powerful interactions + Integrations

    (Visual) Multi-Modal Publish to Alexa Publish to Google Assistant @Howitson #devfestdc VUIX Preview Voice in browser Beginner friendly Publish to Alexa Publish to Google Assistant Botsociety - Messenger - Web App - Slack Bot - Google Assistant - Alexa - Twitter NPM Package & API
  12. 3 Laws of feeling human Looks (human) Faces are powerful,

    and we expect them for complete communication. Sounds (human) There’s a place & time for perfect grammar. This might not be it. Acts (human) Improve the clan by providing service, sharing emotion and building trust. in review @Howitson #devfestdc
  13. Some tips to level up in review @Howitson #devfestdc Emulate

    People Extend communication by asking questions to continue conversations while utilizing the environment. Remember Analogue When prototyping remember that you already know how human interactions work. Don’t make it overly complicated. Maker Things The tools are more accessible than ever. What are you waiting for?