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Experiment #0001: speech feedback.
Sorry for the lack of communication, but it's been a bit hard after surgery to
use a computer, and all my time was taken up with the incident concerning
Anyway; I have the first experiment I'd ask you all to perform.
Take a device; it could be your mobile phone, your computer, etc; and
install/use a method of speech feedback; for instance, I recently transferred
to KDE, and KDE's text-to-speech system, Jovie, and set it to say things like
"Dante, you have a new message" when I get an email or "Hello, Dante" when I
turn the computer on.
The purpose of this experiment is to see where feedback would be (roughly)
helpful; find out what this system needs to say, and what it does not. Keep it
on even when it annoys you (otherwise it's a bit pointless doing an
For instance, right now Jovie will speak up everytime someone asks for me on
IRC, or engages in a PM with me if the IRC client isn't focussed. If I move
the system's focus to the IRC client, Jovie will not activate on events. From
this, I learn that it is annoying to have it watch for focus, and activate
when I'm focussing on something else, even if it's just for a second; so a
timeout function would be appropiate in this circumstance.
Please run the exepierment for a week; you'll encounter situations where it is
useful, and where it is annoying. This is the purpose of this experiment.
Synthetic Intellect Institute