This Is What a ‘Family Robot’ Looks Like

Wow…this is amazing…makes me wonder about Big Brother and whether Jibo records and releases whatever he sees to the government or anywhere beyond the home…

TIME

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At first glance, Jibo looks a bit like Wall-E’s robot girlfriend. Both Jibo, a real robot, and Wall-E’s girlfriend, the fictional Pixar character, have the look of a futuristic Apple product: reflective white plastic, round curves, a black screen for a “face,” and smooth swiveling movements.

But Jibo’s raison d’être is slightly more in line with Rosie, the robot maid from the 1960s animated television series The Jetsons, and its operating system is more akin to the one employed by Samantha, the artificially intelligent character from the 2013 Spike Jonze film Her. (One key difference: Jibo is male, according to its makers.)

Jibo is described as a “family robot” because it is able to see, hear, speak, learn, and help families with a variety…

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