We’ve all had that one relative who keeps droning on about a boring topic at the dinner table, oblivious to the fact that half the room has dozed off. And sometimes we experience the opposite problem, where we ask someone a question and they don’t provide enough information. Like when I ask my son what time it is, and he responds, “Yes.”To strike the right balance when we design conversations for the Google Assistant, we follow something called the Cooperative Principle, proposed by Paul Grice in the 1970s. His Maxim of Quantity means we shouldn’t talk too much, or too little.Here’s an example of a conversation that follows the Maxim of Quantity, along with one that doesn’t.DoUncle Anthony: So, how is your first year of college going? Me: Great! I’m taking four classes. My favorite is called “Taking care of turtles in the 21st century.” Do you know what a turtle’s favorite food is?Don'tUncle Anthony: So, how is your first year of college going?| Me: Great! I’m taking four classes. My favorite is called “Taking care of turtles in the 21st century.” Some turtles are carnivores, and some are vegetarian. Sea turtles even eat squid. Leatherback sea turtles can grow to 1000 pounds! Uncle Anthony: Zzzzzzz….