As we find more and more robots in our homes, it’s inevitable that the human tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects will only grow.
But count on James Lileks to make it hilarious:
The stove doesn’t beep much. It’s a grumpy thing, like most stoves; they all seem to channel the soul of a toad. The other day it went on a beep rampage, displaying F1 in the information panel. Helpful! The manual’s in the basement somewhere in a box, and I’m sure that F1 would mean “error.” I solved it by pressing “cancel” and the stove seemed satisfied with that, but today no buttons salved its anxiety. It beeped because the power went out for a second or two today, and that unnerved it more than usual. We’ve had countless power glitches; never made it beep over and over upon reboot.
I don’t recall who it was that said you should never underestimate the innate hostility of inanimate objects.
I have my own peculiar horror of anthropomorphized teddy bears. Although the ones I loathe aren’t actually inanimate, or at least not until after I get through with them.