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Talking Toasters: the Operation of 'Smart' Devices in the Home

Gadgets have taken over the role of servants, but how human do we want these devices to be?

Gadgets have taken over the role of servants in our homes. But how human do we want these devices to be, and how much autonomy do we want to give them? Based on her recent paper in Information Society, “Controlling Smart Devices in the Home” Lynne will briefly review work done in the Digital World Research Centre on “conversational agents” and smart houses. She will then explore what we can learn from the relationship between employers and servants in the past.


Dr. Lynne Hamill | talks


Date and Time:

14 November 2006 at 4:45 pm


1 hour



Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts
Middlesex University
Cat Hill
020 8411 5072

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