Maybe this ‘audio latency matched’ condition would not be perceived very differently from an echoborg?Neuroskeptic is a British neuroscientist who takes a skeptical look at his own field, and beyond.A cyranoid is a person who speaks the words of another person. The researcher then reads this response into a microphone, and the shadower listens to the response via a hidden earpiece. As Corti and Gillespie put it, echoborgs So the authors conducted a study in which 41 adult volunteers met and conversed with a stranger.With the help of a hidden earpiece, a ‘source’ whispers words into the ear of a ‘shadower’ , who repeats them. A researcher in another room is listening in on what the interactant says, via a hidden microphone, and types the interactant’s words into a chat-bot program. Unbeknownst to them, the stranger’s words were being controlled by a chat-bot (either Cleverbot, Rose, or Mitsuku).In the Text Chat condition, 14 of 21 (67%) of participants mentioned (prior to the researcher making any allusion to chat bots or anything computer-related) that they felt they had spoken to a computer program or robot…only 3 of 20 participants (15%) in the Echoborg condition stated this.
Last year I blogged about the creepy phenomenon of cyranoids. To meet an echoborg is to meet chat-bot, in other words – but without knowing it.
This may have been partly because of the fact that the echoborgs had very slow reactions.
They paused before speaking, due to the time required for the researcher to type what they heard into the chat-bot and then speak the response out-loud to the shadower.
With the advent of Facebook and the other thousands of social networking and chat sites on the Internet, danger is only a click away.
The Internet predators are out there and your kids are willingly chatting with them.
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