Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Korea to introduce household bots to watch the kids, clean and order pizza

Uh, am I the only one that thinks this is creepy?  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have one, but I don’t think I would leave it alone with the kids, or the cats… 

Filed under: Robots

South Korea's Ministry of Information and Communications hopes to introduce a series of internet-connected household robots this October. The bots, according to the Ministry, will be able to perform such household tasks as cleaning, monitoring homes, reading to children, and ordering pizza via the Internet. The Korean government also plans to roll out robocops that can pursue suspects, and multi-legged or wheeled combat bots within the next five years. The bots will receive most of their commands via a wireless Internet connection, keeping costs down to as little as $1,000, and allowing a malevolent AI or evil scientist to completely take over the nation's network of robots at will.


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