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They welcomed a robot into their family, now they’re mourning its death

They welcomed a robot into their family, now they’re mourning its death

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  • This is a really sad story. It’s ultimately about exploitation, and raises a lot of questions about what responsibilities technology companies have to people. If you use emotions to sell a product by building a relationship with them, what responsibility does a company have to maintain that relationship

    This is a really sad story. It’s ultimately about exploitation, and raises a lot of questions about what responsibilities technology companies have to people. If you use emotions to sell a product by building a relationship with them, what responsibility does a company have to maintain that relationship? If there is no responsibility, then it’s just financial exploitation by manipulating people emotionally. This is especially concerning when children are involved.

  • Anthropomorphizing is an incredibly powerful drive for human beings, and it’s power has certainly been deployed in Jibo. What is interesting however, is just how attached owners have become to Jibo. It may not be Data from Star Trek, but it doesn’t need to be. Jibo is apparently creating strong emotional

    Anthropomorphizing is an incredibly powerful drive for human beings, and it’s power has certainly been deployed in Jibo. What is interesting however, is just how attached owners have become to Jibo. It may not be Data from Star Trek, but it doesn’t need to be. Jibo is apparently creating strong emotional connections to its people, and that’s quite incredible.

    If nothing else, Jibo serves as a very noteworthy case study in how technology might induce emotional connections for the people using it. For all the talk of Jibo’s current simplicity, it achieved something far greater: genuine affection toward the unit. Alexa and Siri ostensibly offer many of the same functions as Jibo, but their personalities have not become endeared to users anywhere near approaching that. Though Apple, Amazon and Google must already be aware of such potential. It is really the next big step.

    This is an overall trend worth watching very closely.

  • "[Jibo] owners got a hint at what the future might be like — owning a robot buddy that never forgets their birthdays, or gets angry, or ignores them when they walk in the door. A future in which they grow so attached to their robot that they celebrate its life, its birthdays, and eventually, mourn its death."