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What if we gave our technology a face?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What's in a Face. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 4.

We rely on technology for so much. Researcher Mike Seymour wondered: could our interactions be improved if tech had a face? He discusses how humanizing tech might make it more friendly and engaging.

About Mike Seymour

Mike Seymour is a lecturer at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on finding applications for interactive real time photoreal faces.

For years, he has also worked in visual effects in the film and TV industry. In 1999, he co-founded fxguide, where he writes about behind the scenes information from film, TV and entertainment.

Seymour is based in Sydney, Australia where he previously earned his doctorate from the University of Sydney.


This segment of the TED Radio Hour was produced by Andrea Gutierrez and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and email us at TEDRadio@npr.org.

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Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
Andrea Gutierrez (she/her) is an assistant producer on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. She's drawn to stories at the intersections of gender, race, class and ability in arts and culture.
Sanaz Meshkinpour