On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us: gender and designing our new others

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On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us : gender and designing our new others. / Søndergaard, Dorte Marie.

Designing robots, designing humans. ed. / Cathrine Hasse; Dorte Marie Søndergaard. Abingdon : Routledge, 2019. p. 21-39.

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Harvard

Søndergaard, DM 2019, On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us: gender and designing our new others. in C Hasse & DM Søndergaard (eds), Designing robots, designing humans. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 21-39.

APA

Søndergaard, D. M. (2019). On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us: gender and designing our new others. In C. Hasse, & D. M. Søndergaard (Eds.), Designing robots, designing humans (pp. 21-39). Routledge.

CBE

Søndergaard DM. 2019. On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us: gender and designing our new others. Hasse C, Søndergaard DM, editors. In Designing robots, designing humans. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 21-39.

MLA

Søndergaard, Dorte Marie "On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us: gender and designing our new others". and Hasse, Cathrine Søndergaard, Dorte Marie (editors). Designing robots, designing humans. Abingdon: Routledge. 2019, 21-39.

Vancouver

Søndergaard DM. On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us: gender and designing our new others. In Hasse C, Søndergaard DM, editors, Designing robots, designing humans. Abingdon: Routledge. 2019. p. 21-39

Author

Søndergaard, Dorte Marie. / On humanoids, avatars and the rest of us : gender and designing our new others. Designing robots, designing humans. editor / Cathrine Hasse ; Dorte Marie Søndergaard. Abingdon : Routledge, 2019. pp. 21-39

Bibtex

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