Man's New Best Friend.
“This is Loona. She’s going to be your new best friend. She shall absolutely under no circumstances try to kill you in your sleep.” As somewhat of a soothsayer doomsdayer moron when it comes to robotics – likely due to having seen too many films in which this sort of thing doesn’t work out terribly well – I’d like to get in there nice and early to register my profound disapproval of all this petbot business. However, even a luddite such as myself can appreciate just how impressively bonkers it is. Loona is a robotic pet equipped with a 3D camera and edge sensors, face detection and object recognition capabilities, plus four microphones and touch sensors used to respond to verbal and gesture commands. Basically, it can do all the things that your pet would be able to do if it were properly trained. But where’s the fun in that? Does this leave no room for the maverick rock ‘n’ roll Vatican assassin spaniels of the world? Would this not utterly suck the soul out of the joys of pet ownership? And why have they included ‘it can scratch and sneeze like a regular pet’ as one of the selling points? Dunno. I’m not here to answer these questions – just to wail ‘pourquoi’ at the moon.Read Original Story