Rose, Megan Catherine

UNSW Sydney

Dr Megan Catherine Rose is an Australian researcher at the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney, Australia and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society. She is researching the creepy-cute potentials of zoomorphic cyberpets and therapeutic aids.


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    Introduction The sensational appearance of kawaii fashion in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighbourhood—full of freedom, fun, and frills— has captivated hearts and imaginations worldwide. A key motivational concept for this group is “kawaii” which is commonly translated as “cute” and can also be used to describe things that are “beautiful”, “funny”, “pretty”, “wonderful”,...Read more
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    Fig. 1: “Pink Flamingo Furby” (2000), “Peachy Furby Baby” (1999), and “Owl Furby” (1999) Sunlight Up (“Dah-ay-loh oo-tye”): Introduction As playthings at the junction of human experience and imagination, toys like Furby present an interesting...Read more