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Friday March 28 2008

imageRobots looking after children, and while they’re about it educating them, is going to be one of the huge stories (never mind educational stories) of this century, so this headline ...

Robot Babysitter Entertains The Kiddies

... is a lot more significant than the person who wrote it seems to think.  He thinks that this particular robot is no great shakes, and no doubt he is right.  But it is part of an ongoing research and development effort that is very great shakes indeed.  Sooner or later, someone is going to make this notion work.

At which point many will try to ban it, or reverse it by trying futilely to persuade everyone not to permit it with their children.  But the demand for adequate babysitting is huge, and if this could be robotised, many would be delighted.  So the question becomes: How should the robots do it?  (Given that they will do it.) It doesn’t matter how many people think it’s a bad/creepy/dangerous/evil idea.  They will do it.  The robot babysitter/professors are coming.

Plus, the enterprises making the robots will be massively rich and powerful enough to blast their way past this kind of nonsense (already linked to from here).