December 05, 2004
Robot Sex Update

Japanese robots aren't fucking yet, but they are keeping old people company. "Snuggling Ifbot, who is dressed in an astronaut suit with a glowing face, has the conversation ability of a five-year-old, the language level needed to stimulate the brains of senior citizens, its software designer said."

Which leads us back to D. Coupland's Microserfs:
"While taking Misty on a walk with Mom through the Stanford Arboretum, Mom was telling me about this conversation she heard between two people with Alzheimer's down at the seniors home where she volunteers:
A: How you doin'?
B: Pretty good. You?
A: How you doin'?
B: I'm okay.
A: So you're doing okay?
B: How you doin'?

I laughed, and she asked me why, and I said, "It reminds me of America Online chat rooms!" She demanded an example, so I gave her one:
A: Hey there.
B: Hi A.
A: Hi B.
C: Hi
B: Look, C's here.
A: Hi, C!
B: CCCCCCCCCCCCC.
C: A + B = A + B
A: Gotta go
B: Bye, A
C: Bye, A
B: Poo
C: Poo poo"

Posted by dbrown at December 05, 2004 04:12 PM
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