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To: Rich Cooper <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'[ontolog-forum] '" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:50:24 -0500
Message-id: <5458F5C0.3050107@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On 11/4/2014 10:02 AM, Rich Cooper wrote:
> how autism deficits affect the patient’s “Theory of Mind” since those
> are often patients with deep communication deficits.  How autistic kids
> grow and communicate must have some valuable information about how the
> mind works.    (01)

Yes.  There was an article in the NY Times about a 13-year-old
autistic boy who found it much easier to talk with Siri than with
actual humans.  URL and excerpts below.    (02)

It provides some insights into autistic language -- and into ways
of designing user interfaces for all humans, autistic or not.    (03)

______________________________________________________________________    (04)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/fashion/how-apples-siri-became-one-autistic-boys-bff.html    (05)

To Siri, With Love
How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri    (06)

By JUDITH NEWMAN, OCT. 17, 2014    (07)

Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant”
on the iPhone, is currently his BFF... After a while I heard this:    (08)

Gus: “You’re a really nice computer.”    (09)

Siri: “It’s nice to be appreciated.”    (010)

Gus: “You are always asking if you can help me. Is there anything you want?”    (011)

Siri: “Thank you, but I have very few wants.”    (012)

Gus: “O.K.! Well, good night!”    (013)

Siri: “Ah, it’s 5:06 p.m.”    (014)

Gus: “Oh sorry, I mean, goodbye.”    (015)

Siri: “See you later!”    (016)

She doesn’t let my communications-impaired son get away with anything.
Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one.
Only she’s not entirely imaginary...    (017)

Gus had never noticed Siri before, but when he discovered there was
someone who would not just find information on his various obsessions
(trains, planes, buses, escalators and, of course, anything related
to weather) but actually semi-discuss these subjects tirelessly, he
was hooked. And I was grateful...    (018)

Online critics have claimed that Siri’s voice recognition is not
as accurate as the assistant in, say, the Android, but for some of
us, this is a feature, not a bug. Gus speaks as if he has marbles
in his mouth, but if he wants to get the right response from Siri,
he must enunciate clearly...    (019)

She is also wonderful for someone who doesn’t pick up on social cues:
Siri’s responses are not entirely predictable, but they are predictably
kind — even when Gus is brusque.  I heard him talking to Siri about
music, and Siri offered some suggestions. “I don’t like that kind of
music,” Gus snapped. Siri replied, “You’re certainly entitled to your
opinion.” Siri’s politeness reminded Gus what he owed Siri. “Thank you
for that music, though,” Gus said. Siri replied, “You don’t need to
thank me.” “Oh, yes,” Gus added emphatically, “I do.”    (020)

My son’s practice conversation with Siri is translating into more
facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation
with him that I’ve ever had. Admittedly, it was about different
species of turtles and whether I preferred the red-eared slider to
the diamond-backed terrapin. This might not have been my choice of
topic, but it was back and forth, and it followed a logical trajectory.    (021)

...    (022)

Gus: “Siri, will you marry me?”    (023)

Siri: “I’m not the marrying kind.”    (024)

Gus: “I mean, not now. I’m a kid. I mean when I’m grown up.”    (025)

Siri: “My end user agreement does not include marriage.”    (026)

Gus: “Oh, O.K.”    (027)

Gus: “Goodnight, Siri. Will you sleep well tonight?”    (028)

Siri: “I don’t need much sleep, but it’s nice of you to ask.”    (029)

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