Voice recognition is widely seen as one of techâ€™s most promising innovations, andÂ companies are always working to make their respective voice assistant technologies better. One such trick companies employ is to give aÂ voice assistant a bit of personality to make interactionsÂ less intimidating. And in the case ofÂ Google, itâ€™s working hard to give its voice assistant a sense of humor.
TheÂ Wall Street JournalÂ recently revealed that GoogleÂ hired writers from the Onion and Pixar to inject personality into its voice assistantÂ (which will feature prominently in its Google Home line of IoT products). The company was short on details,Â butÂ Google Home product managerÂ Gummi Hafsteinsson said that along with understanding things like delivery and tone of voice, Googleâ€™s long term plan is to create products that users can build an emotional connection with.
While voice assistants still have a long way to go as fluid conversational partners, Amazon revealed to the Wall Street Journal that percentage of â€œnon-utilitarianâ€ Amazon Echo interactions was â€œwell into theÂ double digits,â€ indicating that thereâ€™s merit to putting time and effort into the presentation of voice assistants.Â An easy way to do that is give these robot voices personalities, and the ability to participate in humorous banter is part of that.