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Old dog, new tricks: Sony unveils 'intelligent' robot pet Aibo

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By Miwa Suzuki

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more unnecessary garbage inventions that nobody will buy or need

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The previous version at least looked like a robot dog and didn't have a creepy smile on its face

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you could be using your knowledge and technology to make something at least semi-practical....

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Dango,

The first edition sold out in 20 minutes. People will buy it. Need it? Maybe some who want to start a family and think a robot dog will be just the thing.

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Yes, something completely unnecessary!

The irony is that there are thouands of real animals bought and discarded by their owners every year.

I took in two animals from Ark and paid only twenty thousand yen for the shots and micro chipping etc.

In fact, one of them is curled up against me, purring contentedly....,

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The first edition sold out in 20 minutes

yeah because they only made 100

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It looks like more people buy such robot pets as they are getting older and can't have real pets in house if they may die earlier than real pets.

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I like the re-design.

One more small step towards Utopia!

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Am I the only one to think the main photo looks like a robot dog coffin?

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I have an actual dog. He's more intelligent - and thus more affectionate - than any robot will ever be.

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No, I thought "coffin" the second I saw the picture.

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Dead body of human/animal generally needs coffin but not for machine. It seems just neat case with shock absorber.

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One in six Japanese kids living in poverty and here are people buying robot dogs. Awesome.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/10/national/social-issues/one-six-japanese-children-live-poverty-threatening-education-future/#.WlgVFkxuKCs

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@RiskyMosaic

(sorry to all to be dragged off topic, but it needs to said):

People can buy whatever they like.

Your outrage is misdirected; you should be angry at the Government. There's plenty of tax revenue to solve the problem...if it's used correctly.

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People can buy whatever they like.

I wish that were true. I certainly can't. Lucky you.

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@spinningplates

Oh, sorry Mr(s) Onepercent. Yeah, let the government take care of those icky poor people. I want my robo-dog!

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@ Risky,

Hahaha, well, that IS my point. But if you're satisfied with your taxes lining the pockets of old men, rather than contributing to the greater good of society, that's fair enough.

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Back on topic please. This story has nothing to do with your taxes.

A lot of people here who can't see the full picture.

a) I for one am not allowed to have pets in my apartment, and I would be interested in having something like AIBO instead and even act as a moving security camera. Actually, most modern apartments don't allow pets.

b) This robot is just a means to achieve a bigger goal, AI and machine learning. It is a means to get more money in for R&D for driverless cars and various solutions around customer service.

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more unnecessary garbage inventions that nobody will buy or need

Remember this day as the beginning of robots replacing dogs as the best friends to humans. This is the future to come. Deal with it.

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Rid kyMosaicToday  10:57 am JST

“One in six Japanese kids living in poverty and here are people buying robot dogs. Awesome.”

So you would prefer people don’t buy robot dogs (or anything else you consider frivolous?) so that the people who design, manufacture, sell, and maintain them can also be out of a job and their children also live in poverty? Awesome.

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Ed60

Yes, I’d “prefer people don’t buy robot dogs” and “the people who design, manufacture, sell, and maintain them” turn their considerable skill and expertise to something more worthwhile. As if the discontinuation of a single product line out of hundreds would throw anybody into poverty. Nice one.

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RiskyMosaic,

Who gets to decide what is and isn’t worthwhile?

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If a Family is in poverty, then having a Pet (of anytype) would be nonsensical, and indeed cruel to both the Family and the Pet.

For People who wish to have a Pet to play with, but don't wish to have to walk it, or clean up after it, then.. why not, a Robot Dog (hopefully it's upgradable).

Now what will be the impact to Dogs and Dog breeders.... ?

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Educator 60

If you’ve money enough to consider some stupid toy dog worthwhile, then congratulations. I’m more concerned with making sure my rent is paid every month,

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RiskyMosaicJan. 12  11:16 pm JST

Educator 60

“If you’ve money enough to consider some stupid toy dog worthwhile, then congratulations. I’m more concerned with making sure my rent is paid every month,”

Actually, I cannot afford to buy this robo dog, and even if I could, it wouldn’t be my choice of what to use my money on. And sometimes I have trouble paying my rent. But that doesn’t mean I can’t see that this robo dog would be worthwhile to some and the research and technology involved could also lead to other worthwhile applications. And my question still stands, who gets to decide what is worthwhile?

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I can see the appeal for some more senior people, but its not for me, the advantage is that they won't have a poop on your carpet/tatarmi mat, or need feeding. the main news article says that it can learn etc, this robot is probably more intelligent than one of my girlfriends. in fact there are some striking similarities, both can't cook, neither wash up or clean the house, don't do shopping, both absorb electricity and light, but the robot dog does have its advantages, you can turn it off to shut it up, its more intelligent, probably hold a more intellectual conversation, does as its told, cost less to run and maintain.

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I still recall when the original Aibo was released quiet sometime ago.

Wonder if you can still program it?

Since that time virtual pets have come and gone, they can help elderly or disabled people.

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