The Homonym Game

No, it’s the other one. Wow, you are really bad at this.

Inspired by the 30 Rock sketch “Homonym”, I decided to create a Google Home version, with my collaborator Luke Ryan. This was to practice working with intents – the AI recognising what a user is intending with their utterances. The personality is inspired by the sketch, but less aggressive because of the medium – slick, glitzy, teasingly patronising.

There was a fair amount of problem solving involved as the Assistant needs to be able to recognise which definition the user intends, and match the response accordingly. It also involved end-to-end production – from a conversation tree, to writing, to recording and producing audio, to testing.

It is currently in alpha on the Google Assistant.

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