The Sound of Robots

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Adrian Canoso


Nuri Kim


Talking to robots will become an everyday routine in the robot age. Already Alexa, Google, Cortana, and Siri are familiar--and yet surprising. They can make us laugh or fill us with irritation. To highlight how the voice of robots could influence the interaction between human and robots, we present a conversation with three speakers designing and researching with robots today. How does voice influence interaction between humans and robots? Does the way they sound portray their personality? Should your robot have its own personality unique to you? If humans are mean to robots, should they be snarky back? Should they always be listening to even our most intimate conversations?

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session