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XXIII.6 November-December 2016
Page: 22
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In the long tail: An animistic view on conversational interfaces


Authors:
Sorin Pintilie

  A bot is a robot without a body, intelligence divorced of physical form. And, Cartesian innuendos aside, the only things we know to fit that description are spirits. That’s why it’s so hard to talk about them. The meaning of the word simply won’t stay still. A bot is an abstraction of the thing it evolved from, a human construct with non-human characteristics. This makes communicating with them particularly challenging. How do you talk to these things? Hard question because it’s new for us, but for others, talking to things is a way of life. Nayaka are forest dwellers…




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