“SAD Home. Developing an Alexa with Depression” presented by Lessio


Presentation Title:

  • SAD Home. Developing an Alexa with Depression



  • Over the last few years, chatbots, and voice enabled smart speakers like Alexa and Google Home, have been on the rise in consumer markets for everything from household automation, to being used to tackle things like companionship, and mental health management. While mental health based chatbots are interesting territory, the idea of what is useful in this context is still rather narrow. This talk considers a more personal and artistic approach to using technologies like natural language processing and networked devices, to explore the idea of mental health based chatbots, by documenting the development of an Alexa that experiences depression.