Coolest story of the day award…

November 7, 2007

given out early today – it goes to New Scientist with its story, “Giggling robot becomes one of the kids“.

Seriously, how cool is this? Scientists plonk a fairly boring robot down in the middle of a room full of toddlers (18 months to two years old) and leaves them to it. The robot giggles when you pat its head, sits down occasionally and lies down when its batteries run down.

The kids, however, treat it as another toddler, not as a toy. Instead of playing with it for a bit and then ignoring it, they involved it in games.

Favourite line:
“Eventually, the children seemed to care about the robot’s well being. They helped it up when it fell, and played “care-taking” games with it – most commonly, when QRIO’s batteries ran out of juice and it lay down, a toddler would come up and cover it with a blanket and say “night, night”.”

Now that’s cool.


2 Responses to “Coolest story of the day award…”

  1. Mysterious Dave Mathers Says:

    Finally, a video more exciting than a middle-aged man getting a lip shave.

  2. The Wife Says:

    Perhaps robot toddlers are the answer to the previous post?

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