According to product designers, talking robots are making people angry.


Elizabeth McGuane from Intercom explains technology should remain simply a tool in our lives, nothing more than a background component. Technology should never get in the way of our daily activities.


“The real measure of success for today’s technology designers is to make technology disappear.”  – Elizabeth McGuane

McGuane reached this conclusion with her design team while testing a talking bot. They found that people could not stand when the robot spoke back to them, and even more so when the robot used a name.

Voice can have a humanizing effect on technology, but this effect can also be irritating.

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