This New Robot’s Job Is to Be Part of the Family (Slate)

RobotIntroducing Jibo: A robot that takes family photos so that nobody gets excluded from behind the camera, syncs and reads you reminders, and lets your children send you a message if they’re too young for a phone. Jibo founder, robot researcher and MIT Media Lab professor Cynthia Breazeal believes that Jibo begins to bridge the gap between all the interconnected application technology we currently have and the “heightened interpersonal, emotional engagement” that humanizes technology, which we associate more with science fiction. So will families actually want to introduce such a companion into their home?

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