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How loyal is your Alexa?: Imagining a Respectful Smart Assistant

William Seymour


Smart assistants are the current must-have device in the home. Currently available products do little to respect the autonomy and privacy of end users, but it doesn't have to be this way. My research explores a speculative 'respectful' assistant which is more socially aware, and treats its users in a more nuanced way than occurs at present. Mixing computer science, philosophy, and art, the project uses a combination of user studies and technical comparison to discover a potential future for the smart digital assistant.

Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems