MMU 6th PGConference 2013

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The evolution of an agent - Betty. A reminiscence companion for older people who have experienced isolation and loneliness as well as ageing memory loss.

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MMU 6th PGConference 2013

  1. 1. Introducing a conversational agent called Betty Collette Curry, James O’Shea, Keeley Crockett, Laura Brown Intelligent Systems Group 1 of 15
  2. 2. By Maxine Xavier The imitation game 1950 Alan Turing Computing Machinery and Intelligence, "I propose to consider the question, 'Can machines think?'" 2 of 15
  3. 3. ELIZA 1966 People became very emotionally caught up for several minutes. Joseph Weizenbaum 3 of 15
  4. 4. PARRY 1970’s Kenneth Colby PARRY and ELIZA (also known as "the Doctor") "met" several times. The most famous of these exchanges occurred at the ICCC 1972, where PARRY and ELIZA were hooked up over ARPANET and "talked" to each other. 4 of 15
  5. 5. RACTER 1980’s ”BASIC on a Z80 micro with 64K of RAM." Bill Chamberlain & Thomas Etter 5 of 15
  6. 6. Story-themed agents TALE-SPIN James Meehan BRUTUS S Bringsjord MEXICA MINSTREL Rafael Pérez & Mike Sharples S Turner 6 of 15
  7. 7. 2011 Narrator Themed around the Ark Royal ships, from 1588 to 2011. 7 of 15
  8. 8. Adam – student debt advisor Intelligent Systems Group InfoChat System 8 of 15
  9. 9. 3.3 million people aged over 85 by 2033 in the UK 9 of 15
  10. 10. 10 of 15
  11. 11. Betty 2013 11 of 15
  12. 12. Eliza Racter 12 of 15
  13. 13. Betty • • • • Reminiscence interview of users lives incorporated Keywords extracted from recordings and questionnaires Subjective well-being is improved Aging memory loss is improved by continued use 13 of 15
  14. 14. ‘Betty the companion’ Reminiscence ontology Eliza layer Learns 14 of 15
  15. 15. Email: collette.curry@mmu.ac.uk 15 of 15

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