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Skeptics in the Pub - Ben Cowan - Talking to Siri


Ben Cowen is a Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. Before moving to Birmingham, he studied for his MA in Psychology and Business Studies and his PhD both at the University of Edinburgh.


His talk will focus on the world of human-computer interaction, otherwise known as HCI, looking at what it is and why it is important. I’ll also be exploring the question of whether design affects our behaviour in interaction with specific reference to how the design of speech interfaces like Siri affect our language behaviours and what that can tell us about how we construct speech in general.

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  • Robert J. W.

    I'll see you all tonight. I thought this might amuse people here.

    An ONLINE reflexology course for £39! Yep, that's all it takes to "practice," literally practice in this case as you will not have had an online foot, this "medical treatment" and be part of a multi million dollar industry. The mind boggles.

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      88% discount. Inspired by the DFS School of Marketing perhaps?

      September 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    I'll be in the Banshee tonight at 7.00 pm, so I'll see you all then. The usual format is, that you buy yourself a drink (you can take this into the talk), meet others, then when the speaker is set up, I'll let you know that we can then go the the Chamber Room. After the talk the speaker usually joins us in the bar, where there will be more opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

    September 19, 2013

  • Don S.

    looking forward to it, don

    September 8, 2013

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