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 Will your children marry robots?


Wired has a couple of new articles about robot vacuum cleaners and the human tendency to see and treat them like pets:

Just as owners of robot pets like Sony's Aibo develop emotional attachments to their mechanical companions, people are acquiring similar feelings for their robot vacuum cleaners.

Studies show that people give names to their robovac, talk to them, and even pat them on the back! The article ends with "We received one testimonial from a retired professor who lived alone and considered it her companion," she said. "It's a little bizarre."

If Isaac Asimov was still here, he'd certainly be quite amazed to see his "predictions" coming true so early and with such primitive robots!

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