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CHAPTER 9

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Anthropomorphism

Humanness Is Transferable to Nonhuman Systems 179

Appearance 185

Voice 186

Audible Expressiveness 188

Behavior 189

Anthropomorphism: A Powerful Effect That Should Be Invoked Carefully 195

Sam Bell is the solitary human worker overseeing a mining base on the moon. His only companion, GERTY, is an oversized robotic arm attached to the ceiling of the living quarters. When he talks to GERTY, it answers him in both spoken and iconographic forms.

Recently, Sam has begun to suspect there’s something strange going on. “Hey, GERTY, since I’ve been up here, I’ve sent Tess over a hundred video messages. Where did those messages ...

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