Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

Does anybody else (besides my friends and me here) think it would be a good idea to merge two of the best consumer electronic products to have appeared in the last 5 years- the Sony Aibo and the Apple iPod- into a single product?

I must admit, it took me a while to become comfortable with the idea of artificial intelligence after watching Space Odyssey: 2001 . It's especially creepy when robots run low on their batteries and start talking in that 'Daaaaaisy, daaaaaaisy' kind of voice. My friends here are programmed to simply lie down quietly to conserve energy if it should ever happen to them, but it's only marginally less disconcerting to be, say, debating the relevance of the 21st century Catholic hegemony in West, and suddenly finding your rhetoric falling on hibernating ears.

Having said that, I'm very keen to push the idea out there for an 'ai-Pod', a chihuahua-sized robot puppy and personal mp3 player that can also walk, run, dance, sit, and stay. And which can also sit obediently in a girl's handbag for hours without needing to pee.

The new Aibo chien comes with special customisable memory software and 64MB RAM. So you could also provide your new musical friend with a taste for religious and political discussion, as well as a predisposition towards wee little red-nosed toy dogs.


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