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Subject:RE: Anthropomorphism is bad because... From:"McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> To:Milan Davidović <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:36:02 -0400
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Milan Davidović [mailto:milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com]
> Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 12:20 PM
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...
> On Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM, McLauchlan, Kevin
> <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> > But what actually is
> > to say that a complex computerized system "expects" a
> certain input or range of
> > inputs in a given situation? (... and gets miffed if you
> try to feed it
> > anything else....... ok, that's a bit extreme).
> Can you point us to a particular example of someone making
> such a claim?
Not off hand.
I just caught myself, yet again, writing something in
a way that suggests the system cares or notices an event
or an attribute, and the little voice in my head spoke
up sharply. :-)
I gather a little anthropomorphic fun/laxity is permissible
in your techwriting milieu?
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