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Teaching Robots to Speak Human

Teaching Robots to Speak Human

Danger Will Robinson! Voice UI’s are everywhere, but the experience of using them ranges from mediocre to downright scary. Learn the history of VUI plus actionable advice to improve the user experience, enjoyment, and engagement of VUI based apps.

At Devfest Montreal 2018

Bryce Howitson

November 24, 2018

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  11. “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. 23 Uncanny Valley - Masahiro Mori
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    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.
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  17. “ It sounds like you might be in a public

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  21. 41 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
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  27. Let’s review how good sounds Humanistic Good VUI replicates the

    human experience including emotion, humor and brevity. Contextual Understand the environment and what’s happening around a VUI to determine what you allow to be said. Discoverable The best VUIs help users understand what can be done and how to make forward progress. 51 Trusted Humans have gained a fear of “machines” due to Popular and technical culture. The best VUIs generate trust implicitly. Analogue When you’re prototyping, remember that you already know how human interactions work. Don’t make it overly complicated.
  28. 52 Thanks! Any questions? You can find me at @howitson

    & brycehowitson.com Survey: http://brycehowitson.com/vui_talk