Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fuzzy robots


...wait, did I wake up in some parallel universe? This week, I learned about Reborns, baby dolls for grown women who want to play push-the-pram-and-change-nappies-but-don't-have-to-deal-with-true-growing-pains.

Now, we have fuzzy robots. Robots that simulate the tactile interactions that humans have with their pets, like stroking Fluffy the Cat or Dexter the Dog. Okay, so they were invented to study (ooooh, enquiring minds want to know)this woefully neglected aspect of humans' relations to robots.

My question is this: why would we want to inject emotional interactions with an inanimate object that we've invented to do such-and-such a task?

Fercryin' out loud, go outside and pet your dog!

1 comment:

DimBulb said...

My question is this: why would we want to inject emotional interactions with an inanimate object that we've invented to do such-and-such a task?

Given the fact that for modern people love, sex, and marriage have become inanimate and sterile, at least in their ends, is the answer to the question really that mysterious?