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How Do You Want Your Chatbot? An Exploratory Wizard-of-Oz Study with Young, Urban Indians

Abstract : As text-messaging chatbots become increasingly “human”, it will be important to understand the personal interactions that users are seeking with a chatbot. What chatbot personalities are most compelling to young, urban users in India? To explore this question, we first conducted exploratory Wizard-of-Oz (WoZ) studies with 14 users that simulated interactions with a hypothetical chatbot. We evaluated three personalities for the chatbot—Maya, a productivity oriented bot with nerd wit; Ada, a fun, flirtatious bot; and Evi, an emotional buddy bot. We followed up with one-on-one interviews with the users discussing their experiences with each of the chatbots, what they liked, and what they did not. Overall our results show that users wanted a chatbot like Maya, who could add value to their life while being a friend, by making useful recommendations. But they also wanted preferred traits of Ada and Evi infused into Maya.
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Indrani Medhi Thies, Nandita Menon, Sneha Magapu, Manisha Subramony, Jacki O’neill. How Do You Want Your Chatbot? An Exploratory Wizard-of-Oz Study with Young, Urban Indians. 16th IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2017, Bombay, India. pp.441-459, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-67744-6_28⟩. ⟨hal-01676175⟩

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