Are we becoming super-human cyborgs? Examination of technomorphism and the creation of a technomorphic tendencies scale

Heather C. Lum, Valerie K. Sims, Matthew G. Chin, Shane E. Halse

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Abstract

While traditionally researchers have focused on making robotics more user-friendly from a human perspective, a new theory has begun to take shape in which the human makes decisions based on how a robot would. The following study examines the concept of technomorphism which is the attribution of technological features and characteristics to humans. Because there is very little empirical or theoretical research performed in this area, researchers set out to formally define technomorphism as well as create a scale to measure a person's propensity to use a technomorphic schema. The findings from this work should help fuel the desire of others in the field to think about the potential influences of technomorphism during the design and implementation of new devices as well as in how we technology may influence how we perceive each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
Pages1370-1374
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 28 2011
Event55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2011Sep 23 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period9/19/119/23/11

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Lum, H. C., Sims, V. K., Chin, M. G., & Halse, S. E. (2011). Are we becoming super-human cyborgs? Examination of technomorphism and the creation of a technomorphic tendencies scale. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 (pp. 1370-1374). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). https://doi.org/10.1177/1071181311551285