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

Corti, Kevin and Gillespie, Alex ORCID: 0000-0002-0162-1269 (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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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-21996-7_44


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.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Springer International
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 17:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:07

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