Jan 26, 2012

Robot Baby Weirds People Out

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

The wriggling, the squirming, the Moro reflex-induced jump... If you want proof that artificial intelligence is thriving, look no further than this robotic -- and yes, somewhat creepy -- baby.

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Many bloggers and online commenters have called the animatronic baby "creepy" and "freaky" -- Technabob even ran a post about the clip with the headline "Skinless Robot Baby is the Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of." But, whether you are horrified or fascinated, there is no denying that Clarke's tiny robots serve an important purpose -- keeping real infants safe.

Sure, it's cute. But, do I really need to point out where this kind of thing can lead? Here?

Or maybe even here?

Things to bear in mind.

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