Computing Bodies

Gender Codes and Anthropomorphic Design at the Human-Computer Interface

  • Claude Draude

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Claude Draude
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-220

About this book


Claude Draude analyzes embodied software agents – interface solutions that are designed to talk back and give emotional feedback – from a gender and media studies perspective. She addresses technological and sociocultural concepts in their interplay of shifting the boundary between what is considered as human and what as machine. The author discusses the technological realization of specific personality models that define the design of embodied software agents – emotion and gaze models, in particular. Finally, she explores these models in their broader cultural context by relating them to the prominent topic of the Turing test and the notion of the Uncanny Valley.

  • The Human-Computer Interface
  • Semiotic Mirrors: The Interface as a Place of Sign/Signal Mediating
  • Embodiment: The Role of the Body, Gaze Behavior and Emotions
  • Counting as Machine, Counting as Human
Target Groups
  • Researchers and students in the fields of media studies, computer science, cultural studies, gender studies, sociology
The Author

Prof. Dr. Claude Draude is head of the department for Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems (GeDIS) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering/Computing at the University of Kassel, Germany.


Human-Computer Interaction Gender Studies Uncanny Valley Turing Test Virtual Humans Artificial Intelligence

Authors and affiliations

  • Claude Draude
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KasselFaculty of Electrical Engineering/ComputingKasselGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-18659-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-18660-9
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