It’s like, um, realistic?

/It’s like, um, realistic?

Part of making [Google Duplex] sound natural enough to not trigger an aural sense of the uncanny valley was adding those ums and ahs, which Huffman identified as “speech disfluencies.” He emphasized that they weren’t there to trick anybody, but because those vocal tics “play a key part in progressing a conversation between humans.” He says it came from a well-known branch of linguistics called “pragmatics,” which encompasses all the non-word communications that happen in human speech: the ums, the ahs, the hand gestures, etc.

On giving AIs a voice.

I want y’all to think about this next time you hear someone lecture (usually) women to stop “uming and ahing” so much when they speak…

2018-07-09T08:11:34+00:0028th December, 2018|Tags: culture, tech|

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