In a world where many, if not most, seem to believe that Facebook or Twitter constitute a human relationship, now comes an addition to a world full of gibberish:
TOKYO (AP) — The scientist behind a new talking robot inI read the linked story from end to end and honestly couldn't understand what it was saying. In what way is a lawnmower's communicating with a lawnmower important? And not just "important," but vital in man's implicit search to offer respect to machines? What vision is this? I really did want to understand and really didn't.
Japansays people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations.
Hiroshi Ishiguro's 28-centimer (11-inch) tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for "social talker," is programmed to mainly talk with a fellow robot, and won't be trying too hard to understand human speech — the major, and often frustrating, drawback of companion robots.
I feel as if I missed something and am utterly flummoxed as to what it might be. Is it old age? Or perhaps skewed reporting? Or an acknowledgment that people are just not worth the effort? Or ... WTF?!