Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-Computer Relationship

Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-Computer Relationship

by Clifford Nass, Scott Brave
     
 
How interactive voice-based technology can tap into the automatic and powerful responses all speech—whether from human or machine—evokes.

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How interactive voice-based technology can tap into the automatic and powerful responses all speech—whether from human or machine—evokes.

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Library Journal
Until recently, interfaces that talk and listen were found only in literature, comics, and film. Speech is now being used to interact with electronic systems in cars, telephone switchboards, home appliances, toys, word processors, and commercial kiosks to free people from the ubiquitous computing universe of windows, icons, menus, keypads, and pointers. Drawing on a decade of research collaboration between industry and Stanford University's CHIMe (Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media) Lab, Nass (communication, Stanford Univ.; The Media Equation) and postdoctoral scholar Brave (communication, Stanford Univ.) explore the social and technological challenge of designing interactive voice technologies that mimic human speech communication, both verbal and nonverbal. Practical psychological and behavioral questions are explored from both a research and an interface design standpoint, and subjects include gender, sex, personality, accents, race, ethnicity, emotion, facial cues, realism, and error rates. Balancing stylistically between a scholarly review of a hot disciplinary topic and a Kurzweil-like future technology tome, this exploration of the promise and difficulty of embedding speech, the most social of all communications, speech, into everyday technologies will be best appreciated by interface designers, scientists, scholars, and more sophisticated readers of popular science. For larger public and academic libraries.-James A. Buczynski, Seneca Coll. of Applied Arts & Technology, Toronto Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262140928
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"With *Wired for Speech*, Clifford Nass and Scott Brave have done a brilliant job of tracing the implications of the intensely social nature of speech for the burgeoning arena of voice interface systems. Anyone interested in these systems would do well to read this book."--Robert B. Cialdini, Arizona State
University, author of *Influence: Science and Practice*

Meet the Author

Clifford Nass is Professor, Department of Communication, and Codirector,
Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory, at Stanford University. He is the author of The
Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real
People and Places.

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