Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Robots Are Coming!

In a distinctly Asimovian turn of events, the Japanese robot, Saya, has added another job title to her resumé.  Although in the past she has served as a receptionist at Tokyo University, she is now using her skills to teach elementary school students in Japan.  Those skills include speaking multiple languages, assigning set tasks to the students, calling roll, and perhaps most frighteningly, getting angry when students misbehave. 


Other robots are currently being used as traffic wardens, and one is currently being constructed that will be a companion for those who suffer from Alzheimer's.  Saya's inventor caims that robots with the physical and mental skills of a two-year-old will be available within just a few years.  Not long after that Skynet will probably achieve self-awareness.


josh r

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