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Can a Siri-like chatbot help lonely seniors?

It's not quite the Joaquin Phoenix-Scarlett Johansson love story from 2013 romance "Her," but researchers believe an artificial intelligence chatbot may help relieve human loneliness, particularly in seniors.

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Adding human touch to unchatty chatbots may lead to bigger letdown

Sorry, Siri, but just giving a chatbot a human name or adding humanlike features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with that person, according ...

Robotics

Improbotics: Bringing machine intelligence into improvised theatre

An unconventional company called HumanMachine has recently devised a unique theatre production called Improbotics, which involves both human performers and machines. This is the latest of a series of projects and initiatives ...

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A real conversation piece: Social chatbot in China does phone talk

The voice is sweet, youthful but not childish, just vibrant enough to hit all the marks of a call from a good friend who can listen and react. It is not the voice of a human. It is a chatbot to be exact. And oh, it can chat. ...

Software

XiaoIce: When a chatbot chat moves up to human-sounding flow

Do this, do that. Talking with voice assistants is not like talking to humans and, as helpful as it is to be near the technology, we know the difference. A surprising turn has materialized, however, and it is in the form ...

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