I’m sure many of you have heard NPR announcers instructing listeners to command Alexa to play a particular NPR station.
Similarly Anki’s Vector orients to you by saying “Hey Vector”. Once ready you give Vector an appropriate command.
In neither of these cases is there any any need or expectation to be polite, or see the entity being addressed as anything but a thing to be commanded.
After a brief search I found that Amazon has begun to address this issue with Alexa, with the focus on kids but not adults. Here is the link. Note that I don’t agree with everything said in this analysis, but very much appreciate it’s thoughtfulness and relatively full addressing of this issue with this age group.
I’m also curious whether Misty Robotics staff have thought about this issue, and if so what possibilities they are considering and whether an encouragement of politeness would apply to all users regardless of age.
And since Misty is designed to have a personality, should one component of her personality be a differential reaction at least some of the time to whether she is being treated politely?