The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Why pay some semi-skilled schlub to sit, glassy-eyed, at a front desk just to greet visitors and sign for packages? Valerie the "roboceptionist" can do the job at least as well, while also giving your dump a veneer of cutting-edge cache. Carnegie Mellon University is putting Valerie through her paces.

Who decided that these robo-servants needed to be sassy, or even have a personality in the first place? Are they all using Rosie from "The Jetsons" as a role model?

Maybe I'm just jealous. Valerie certainly makes my Roomba vacuum seem dull by comparison.