Robots: Is the American Consumer Ready?

We're finally getting caught up on our emails, projects, posts and reading to the point that we can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.

One very interesting bit of 'light' we discovered last night was Lance Ulanoff's editorial titled "Robot Consumers, Grow Up!!" He raises some key issues that may play a significant role the acceptance of robotics by the typical American consumer. For example, he writes:

"Perhaps Americans' inability to accept complex robotics has something to do with our tendency to generate emotional attachments to inanimate objects. We shower our cars, homes, and boats with the affection we should be directing to, say, our children.... Maybe a real robot boy would simply overload our emotions."

It's definitely worth the time to read, and to ponder.


One thought on “Robots: Is the American Consumer Ready?

  1. I wouldn’t call this the most reliable theory. For one, it mentions Japanese history with automotons to show their connection with them, yet acts as though the inroduction of the word robot was the first encounter the west had with the concept of intelligent machines, despite the various music playing and poem writing machines produced before then, as well as sotries of Golems. It also seems to think that automotons have to resemble humans or other animals to be advanced, as if the machine itself need be nothing more than a satus symbol. Robots arn’t as popular over here, but intrest in robotics is anything but dead.

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