Tarry for the Nonce

August 29, 2005

You Robot

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 12:30 pm

I find the concept of a child-like robot more than somewhat disturbing:

A child-shaped humanoid robot that can recognize about 10,000 words and work as a house sitter will go on sale in Japan in September.

The “Wakamaru” robot can recognize the faces of up to 10 people and talk to them. When linked to mobile phones, it can also work as a monitor to check situations at home, such as a burglary or someone falling ill, Mitsubishi-Heavy Industries Ltd. said in a statement Monday.

Fine and dandy, I suppose, but I have unsettling images of Village of the Damned.

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