Interactions with a virtual assistant can be transactional where the virtual assistant responds to a command from a user. Consequently, a conversation with a virtual assistant can feel unnatural. Non-transactional engagement, e.g., casual or exploratory conversation, is rare, if at all possible. This disclosure describes techniques that enable a user to engage in a group conversation with a set of virtual assistants. The techniques simulate a group conversation featuring the user and one or more virtual assistants. In contrast to existing dialog models, the described techniques expand the conversational mode to make it more interactive, more natural, less intimidating, and less transactional.

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