Interview With A Robot

Amy Harmon of The New York Times decided to interview a robot for a piece published in the paper earlier this week. It's a very odd, yet fascinating conversation with the soccer mom hairdo-sporting robot, named Bina48, who acts and sounds like a character straight out of the Stepford Wives.

Bina48 even confesses to Harmon that she wants to conspire to take over the planet. I wish I was joking about that last bit.

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  1. Well, that was painful. Didn't they have a much better robot at a recent TED conference?

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 11, 2010 9:45:03 PM

  2. "I'll just die if I don't get this recipe... I'll just die if I don't get this recipe... I'll just die if I don't get this recipe... I'll just die if I don't get this recipe..."

    Posted by: NoCaDrummer | Jul 12, 2010 12:23:09 AM

  3. That was really interesting. I could just imagine her gardening already.

    Posted by: BrandonD | Jul 12, 2010 12:26:56 AM

  4. I'm sure she's a good Christian. Probably can get married in all 50 states as well before we can.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Jul 12, 2010 12:43:41 AM

  5. Can't get married!! That would be robosexual! (re:Futurama)

    Posted by: Kirk Lammert | Jul 12, 2010 3:23:52 AM

  6. I think Jules by Hanson robotics is more convincing. You often get the impression that you could have a genuine conversation with him (well, zim I guess, that being the non-gendered pronoun). Do a search on Youtube. The closest we've come to passing the Turing Test so far, as far as I am aware.

    Posted by: BenB | Jul 12, 2010 9:33:15 AM

  7. H.A.L. she is not.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 12, 2010 6:01:37 PM

  8. It's clear that Bina48 is already on her way to becoming the next governor of Alaska.

    Posted by: Drew | Jul 12, 2010 8:22:04 PM

  9. What is it's incept date?

    Posted by: Toro Castano | Jul 13, 2010 12:49:55 AM

  10. Bina48 + anatomically correct robot body = Sexbot circa Futurama. They nailed it. ;)

    Posted by: Lucy Liu | Jul 13, 2010 8:45:48 PM

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