Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Microsoft wants to fire your receptionist, are you and I next?

, posted: 25-Jul-2008 09:52

Every year robots get a little more capable. In Japan where there has been a short supply of security guards they've built security robots to patrols malls at night.

Now Microsoft are showing off there latest foray in robotics with a new receptionist for their campus in Redmond.

I'm just wondering when someone will offer robotic replacements for you and I? And am I the only one who found it weird that a movie about Robots trying to take over the world was called i Robot (starring Will Smith) when possibly the world's largest manufacturer of robots for military and private purposes actually is also called iRobot? Spooky stuff.

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Comment by Mark, on 25-Jul-2008 11:22

No its just future human evolution and good for all with medicine with robotic limbs,organs,da-vinci robotic accurate surgeons and the chance that a human will live for 1000s of years each,robotics helps and is not a seperate enemy i beleive,cheers,Mark.

Comment by Linda George, on 25-Jul-2008 11:44

So, what the heck am I going to do for all those years, pray tell? And, I happen to like my own human appendages, thank you!

Comment by Dratsab, on 25-Jul-2008 12:37

Not really that spooky when you consider that the film is based on a collection of short stories called "I Robot" which were written by Isaac Asimov in the 1940's.

Given this and the fact it's trendy to put an "i" in front of everything these days, the name of the firm isn't surprising either.

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