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Offscreen and in the chair next to your: conversational agents speaking through actual human bodies

Corti, Kevin and Gillespie, Alex (2015) Offscreen and in the chair next to your: conversational agents speaking through actual human bodies. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9238 . pp. 405-417. ISSN 0302-9743

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Abstract

his paper demonstrates how to interact with a conversational agent that speaks through an actual human body face-to-face and in person (i.e., offscreen). This is made possible by the cyranoid method: a technique involving a human person speech shadowing for a remote third-party (i.e., receiving their words via a covert audio-relay apparatus and repeating them aloud in real-time). When a person shadows for an artificial conversational agent source, we call the resulting hybrid an “echoborg.” We report a study in which people encountered conversational agents either through a human shadower face-to-face or via a text interface under conditions where they assumed their interlocutor to be an actual person. Our results show that the perception of a conversational agent is dramatically altered when the agent is voiced by an actual, tangible person. We discuss the potential implications this methodology has for the development of conversational agents and general person perception research.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/bookseries/558
Additional Information: © 2015 Springer International
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 17:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/64464/

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