A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A mix of posts on gesture, HCI, perception or robots and some personal information.

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Ikea’s Anna Smiles in the Face of Abuse or Stupidity

Need support or help from Ikea? They will gladly tell you to go Ask Anna!.

Anna, a cheap but decent embodied conversational agent?

She may not solve your problems, but she will sell you a lovely couch whenever she can. Well, I find particular fault with the annoying way she keeps smiling, charmingly lets her head drop to one side, and blinks her eyes at me.

I asked her “Did you know the Ikea concern is a financial myriad of foundations sleucing away the money to the Dutch Antilles without paying decent taxes anywhere?” Anna merely blinked her cold blue eyes without moving a muscle and replied: Read here to learn more about IKEA in the world.

Well I guess Ikea are as good as most companies and not as bad as some. Or at least I tell myself this every time I need cheap, but decent furniture.

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