Discussions

The agenda for Stream South Africa 2019 is in your hands. There are six session times a day, hosted in nine different meeting spaces. Each session runs for 1 hour (give or take) and all sessions are led by you, the Stream participants. Here's how it works:

  1. Before Stream - Share your idea - Create a New Discussion by clicking on the blue ‘add idea’ button on the left of this page
  2. Before Stream - Invite others to join you - you can see the participants list at the Participants page.
  3. At Stream - Book a slot - when you arrive on site, write your discussion on the Big Boards

The Stream team is on hand to help. Please get in touch if you'd like to talk an idea through before posting, or would like help finding some co-hosts.


Stuart Steedman

Yonder Media

Why is my GPS female? Building personalities into conversational bots

If "conversation" is the newest user interface to software, what led us here? Why have bots failed before? (Looking at you, Microsoft Clippy). Has sci-fi shaped the way we think of AI, and if so, what do we want out of an automaton? What scares us, what makes us adopt? Finally, what is Uncanny Valley, and how do you avoid it? (bonus content: why are almost all assistant bots female? A fun retrospective into male-dominated programming and the "Digital Oedipus Complex")

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