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Title: Interacting with Philosophy Through Natural Language Conversation
Authors: WANG XUAN
Keywords: conversational agent, cultural computing, virtual philosopher
Issue Date: 23-Aug-2013
Citation: WANG XUAN (2013-08-23). Interacting with Philosophy Through Natural Language Conversation. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cultural Computing is an emerging HCI paradigm which investigates the use of computers to help people experience and learn about culture-related contents. In this thesis, we look into a particular part of culture ? philosophy. We propose to communicate traditional Chinese philosophy through a new kind of non-task oriented conversational agent that simulates a famous Chinese philosopher. Various issues related to the creation of a virtual philosopher are examined, including how to build the knowledge base of the agent from unstructured philosophy text, what natural language processing and information retrieval technologies are needed to develop the agent, and how users interact with such an agent. We iteratively designed and prototyped the virtual philosopher agent, and conducted a series of user evaluations in both lab-based and real-world settings.
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