Toward Machine Therapy: Parapraxis of Machine Design and Use

  • Kelly Dobson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4564)


Machine Therapy is a new methodology combining art, design, psychodynamics, and engineering work in ways that access and reveal the vital relevance of subconscious elements of human-machine interactions. In this paper I present examples of empathic relationships with domestic appliances, roles of wearable and prosthetic apparatuses, and instances of evocative visceral robots that interact with people’s understandings of themselves and each other. The Machine Therapy projects facilitate unusual explorations of the parapraxis of machine design and use. These usually unconscious elements of our interactions with machines critically affect our sense of self and our shared development.


Machine Therapy human-robot interaction human-machine interaction autonomic parapraxis body organ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly Dobson
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  1. 1.MIT Media Lab, Computing Culture Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 20 Ames Street, E15-020d, Cambridge MA 02139USA

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