Have you used Siri, Hey Google, Aleza or Cortana? These voice-enabled digital assistants are pretty cool and getting smarter, but why do some of them sound more like a “person” than others? What is it about your voice that makes people believe that there is a thinking human being behind it? In this episode I take a look at a research study called “Mistaking Minds: How Speech Affects Dehumanization and Anthropomorphism” to uncover what it is about a voice that makes it more likely that you’ll anthropomorphize it into a real human being?
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