User-Friendly: Anthropomorphic Devices and Mechanical Behaviour in Japan

@article{Shea2014UserFriendlyAD,
  title={User-Friendly: Anthropomorphic Devices and Mechanical Behaviour in Japan},
  author={M. Shea},
  journal={Advances in Anthropology},
  year={2014},
  volume={04},
  pages={41-49}
}
  • M. Shea
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Advances in Anthropology
  • Anthropomorphic avatars and disembodied voices have become part of everyday life in Japan. From the animated characters that bow after you complete a transaction at an automated teller machine to the phenomenal proliferation of consumer goods bearing cute faces. There is a discernable growing tendency to anthropomorphize machines. These anthropomorphic devices stand in contrast with the somewhat automated nature of many human interactions. Particularly in the behavior required of employees that… CONTINUE READING

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