Saturday, March 05, 2005

Microsoft has come out with robots that can watch children. After watching the movie I, Robot this news doesn't sound very exciting. Actually its scary. Leaving a small kid at the mercy of a robot programmed by Microsoft?

But here is something that sounds more useful -
Idea of connecting the traffic predictor to an alarm clock, allowing the user to sleep in a few more minutes if traffic is looking light, or rousing the commuter if it's looking like a rough day on the highway.

Would be even more useful for me right now if the traffic predictor module is changed to Surprise quiz at 8:00AM module. :)

4 comments:

Praveen A said...

If that be the case, I cannot imagine the possibilities :-) It is infinite. How many times a second the robot hang ? How this baby is going to reboot it that many times it asks ? What all data it send to Microsoft ? How many times it will ask to send error message ? ......

How anyone [in his good senses] possibly leave his child with a robot programmed by microsoft, when even the sophisticated users see the countless hangs, error messages, formatting .... and what not ?

Well, the worries are endless...

Lost in trance... said...

I,Robot was a good movie, it had its moments.

On a parallel, chk this out:
http://oak.psych.gatech.edu/~epic/

Sam said...

I liked some of the ideas in IRobot. But I totally doubt that anyone will buy a robot from Microsoft to watch their kids. Well watch out Bill Gates might bundle it with the Professional Edition and people might get it for free. ;)

john ivan said...

leaving your kid with a machine!!
well, wonder how many will fall for this.