People have been speaking to machines for hundreds of years, knowing quite well that the machine could never hear them. Emotional moments find us begging cars to start or swearing at elitist cell phones for preferring temporary death to the dishonor of a 3rd party charger. We speak, thus we imagine something listening, understanding, and perhaps – responding. In this talk, I’ll discuss the convergence of technology just now enabling man-machine conversation, my explorations in verbally interactive art, using speech recognition as a tool for artistic expression, and how the natural human desire to anthropomorphize can help.
- Paul Jacobs