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Friday, December 03, 2004


Social Machines

"...TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's growing elderly population from will be able to buy companionship in the form of a 45-centimeter (18-inch) robot, programmed to provide just enough small talk to keep them from going senile."

The beginning of the age of social machines. I think this is incredibly cool - but let's also not forget that the economics of such a market are absolutely staggering, because of massive, relatively wealthy aging populations suffering from an exponentially dropping quality of life (Via /.).

-- umair // 11:37 AM // 0 comments


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