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Conversational Kiosks

Imagine an installation, such as in a museum or public space. The installation includes some sort of kiosk or physical representative of one or more artificial entities. Each kiosk gives an embodiment -- a place for existence -- for verbal input and output to each entity. The kiosk contains loudspeaker and microphone (voice and ears).A side effect of the kiosk design is protection of the microphone -- protection against ... read more

Bruce Balentine
Posted 17th September 2011 at 5:19 PM

Speech = Words + ?

As a newcomer to this area, I'm struck by the considerable difference between words, sentences, as they are spoken; and those same words and sentences read from a page.  Speech manages to convey essential semantic content that is not present in the words themselves.  In Italian, for example, a spoken question is simply a statement that ends with a rising tone.  With a rising tone, the sentence ... read more

Leonardo Bottaci
Posted 14th September 2011 at 12:31 PM


Chatbots ... read more

Alistair Edwards
Posted 9th September 2011 at 2:02 PM

New book: Design and the Digital Divide

Network member Alan Newell has written a new book, Design and the Digital Divide: Insights from 40 years in Computer Support for Older and Disabled People ... read more

Alistair Edwards
Posted 31st August 2011 at 2:45 PM

Cereproc on the BBC

Listen again not available, but still ... read more

Alistair Edwards
Posted 31st August 2011 at 2:34 PM