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")