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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle

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CHAPTER 2
Alive enough
In the 1990s, children spoke about making their virtual creatures more alive by having them escape the com p uter. Furbies, the sensation of the 1998 holiday season, embody this documented dream. If a child wished a Tamagotchi to leap off its screen, it might look a lot like the furry and owl-like Furby. The two digital pets have other things in common. As with a Tamagotchi, how a Furby is treated shapes its personality. And both present themselves as visitors from other worlds. But Furbies are more explicit about their purpose in coming to Earth. They are here to learn about humans. So, each Furby is an anthropologist of sorts and wants to relate to people. They ask children to take care of them and to teach them English. ...

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