Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Social Bonding in Talking with Social Autonomous Creatures

Michio Okada, Noriko Suzuki, Masaaki Date

ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, Japan

Cyberpets and artificial autonomous creatures become popular applications of spoken dialogue systems as well as of artificial life and artificial intelligence research. One of next targets in the fields is to give them social skills so as to be social entities in human-inhabited environments. To behave as social entities, they first have to establish the social bonding with social others, and to coordinate social distance with them. The abilities are also what conventional spoken dialogue systems lack. This paper discusses the social aspects in interacting between human and autonomous creatures, such as dialogue coordination, social bonding and social understanding. One of the points is how to establish and maintain a dynamic, structural coupling with social others. We are focusing the relationship between entrusting behavior and its grounding in our everyday activities. And then, we discuss on a model of the structural coupling with dialogue participants based on the notion of the entrusting behavior and its grounding. Finally, we show an example of artificial autonomous creatures that is implemented in multiple situated agents for the model.

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Bibliographic reference.  Okada, Michio / Suzuki, Noriko / Date, Masaaki (1999): "Social bonding in talking with social autonomous creatures", In EUROSPEECH'99, 1731-1734.