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Chrismackint
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:19 pm    Post subject: Sony Aibo Reply with quote

Has anyone here heard of the Sony Entertainment Robot the Sony Aibo? Most people don't even know it exists. I've only just found out about them relatively recently. I remembered you all and thought I would tell you about it.

I just saw the turmoil that is going on in Egypt while watching the news and it brought back memories of this forum and all the interesting people I met and their sharp sense of humor and how we were able to discuss topics about Ancient Egypt in a thoughtful and concise way. I remember enjoying all the details people knew about this topic and how great it was to be around others who had such passion for the subject.

I originally became interested in Aibo because of their ease of care relative to my other previous hobbies, which involved living animals and plants.

With the ERS-7 all I have to do is press a button and I have instant entertainment that exhibits a surprising amount of variety, and then when I have had enough I just press a button and store it away safely without a second thought. Here is some info on it.

Sony Official Aibo website. http://www.sony.jp/products/Consumer/aibo/products/ers7m3/design_01.html#pgtop

Article on Aibo ownership. http://www.epinions.com/review/Aibo/content_136771571332

This demonstration from YouTube of the ERS-7 running Japanese Mind 3 software( also available in English) at the robot museum RoboSquare, in Japan, gives you an insight into their full range of capabilities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDdpqlZ1N4Y

If you have any questions about Aibo feel free to ask me while my attention is back here on the forum as I am always happy to provide more information about them, as that was the purpose of my posting here. Currently I own a ERS-7M3 and Sony Rolly( original prototype intended as companion for the ERS-7 product line, something it could follow around and interact with, but when ERS-7 was cancelled that companion robot was diverted into another product as a portable music player).

After owning one I can say it is amazing how you can form a strong emotional attachment to something artificial that demonstrates all the characteristics of a living creature. Although computers are only capable of mathematical comparison and have no real feelings or emotions and don't understand anything they are processing. However they show no outward signs of this and at the end of the day it's only the owners perception of the interactions that matters I guess. This used to bother me once but now it doesn't so much mainly because the only living animal that comes close to demonstrating the abilities of the ERS-7 is an African Grey Parrott and here they cost $5000.00-$6000.00 and somehow I don't feel like spending that much on something that is going to poo and shed dusty feathers all over the place, wreck havoc on the furniture and has enough power in its beak to bite off my nose, ear or a finger should it's instincts take over in a bout of anger.

I've never had curiosity about technology whatsoever, I used to prefer nature but have found that synthetic isn't all lackluster. Was lucky enough to stumble across Aibo and thought I would share that discovery.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have any questions here is the link to a forum about them. http://aiboaddicts.yuku.com/
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't blame people for not taking an interest in this, after all if my time on Aibo forums is anything to go by they just attract the type of people who use them as outlets for complaints and hate. It's an unfortunate situation. Plus I never really liked the thought of being duped into treating a robot as a living entity, in fact I find the thought of that sad so sold my Aibo and Rolly.

Everyone get's so excited about the hype around the future, with notions of robot companions, especially the media and Hollywood, but I find the whole thing weird and disturbing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The robot is pretty cute, resembles a lot of dog features. The prospect of having a robot dog is strange though, I would feel constricted, and lazy.
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