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Does Siri have a soul? Exploring voice assistants through Shinto design fictions

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It can be difficult to critically reflect on technology that has become part of everyday rituals and routines. To combat this, speculative and fictional approaches have previously been used by HCI to decontextualise the familiar and imagine alternatives. In this work we turn to Japanese Shinto narratives as a way to defamiliarise voice assistants, inspired by the similarities between how assistants appear to `inhabit’ objects similarly to kami. Describing an alternate future where assistant p...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1145/3334480.3381809

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Computer Science
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Author
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0000-0002-0256-6740
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Computer Science
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Association for Computing Machinery
Host title:
Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Article number:
ALT04
Publication date:
2020-04-25
Acceptance date:
2020-01-29
Event title:
2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Event location:
Honolulu, USA
Event website:
https://chi2020.acm.org/
Event start date:
2020-04-25
Event end date:
2020-04-30
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ISBN:
9781450368193
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English
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Pubs id:
1087089
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pubs:1087089
Deposit date:
2020-02-12

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