The boy-robot should bark! : Children's impressions of agent migration into diverse embodiments
This paper presents results from a series of focused group discussions with a sample consisting of approximately 180 children during which views and opinions regarding agents migrating between different embodiments were elicited. The discussions attempted to ground the concept of a migrating agent in the children''s own experience of interacting with virtual characters in electronic toys and video games. The results suggest a complex interplay between expectations and appearance, and that disentangling the form of an agent may take from the underlying structures defining the agent's personality may be problematic for potential users.
Published inAdaptive and Emergent Behaviour and Complex Systems