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Forget Siri: Here's a New Way for Robots to Talk

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Personality traits! Chao devised a set of parameters that she can adjust to give the robot a more active or passive attitude:

  • Does the robot try to speak as soon as there is a moment of silence?
  • Does it interrupt others if they are speaking too long?
  • Does it allow itself to be interrupted, or not?
  • Is it ok with conflict—talking over each other—and for how long?
  • How many seconds of silence does it let tick by before jumping in?
  • How much space does it leave between its own sentences?
  • How much does the robot give backchannels, such as nodding or "mm hmm"?
  • Does it wait for the person to look at them before it's takes its turn to speak?

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