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(Wall Street Journal)   Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son comes out as pro-robot, plays tongue-twister game with emotion-sensing robot on stage at shareholders meeting. "This is a robot that can love"   (blogs.wsj.com ) divider line
    More: Weird, SoftBank, executive directors, Elon Musk, Terminator, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Masayoshi Son, Sprint Corp.  
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2014-06-23 11:03:23 AM  
I'm still waiting
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2014-06-23 11:07:52 AM  
Was it one of these robots that came up with the current Sprint "framily" campaign?
 
2014-06-23 11:11:43 AM  
"This is a robot that can love....learning to slaughter humans wholesale"
 
2014-06-23 11:58:52 AM  
CEO's could easily be replaced by robots. Watch your ass, Masayoshi.
 
2014-06-23 04:39:43 PM  

The Bestest: Was it one of these robots that came up with the current Sprint "framily" campaign?


That ad series is directly lifted from a series of Japanese Softbank TV ads.  In the Japanese version, the father is a talking dog (as opposed to a talking hamster), the grandfather is black (just like in the American ads), and Tommy Lee Jones is the maid.

So, um, yeah.
 
2014-06-23 04:42:54 PM  
Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.
 
2014-06-23 05:09:02 PM  

valkore: Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.


Better than a burly filipina caretaker whose devil tongue can barely master the basics of Japanese and remembers what your honorable ancestors did when they invaded.
 
2014-06-23 05:15:49 PM  
Son is completely insane and I'm glad I dumped $S when I did.
 
2014-06-23 05:54:43 PM  

Fano: valkore: Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.

Better than a burly filipina caretaker whose devil tongue can barely master the basics of Japanese and remembers what your honorable ancestors did when they invaded.


I think they want a Japanese nurse for additional reasons, I saw a documentary about it.
 
2014-06-23 06:03:39 PM  

UsikFark: Fano: valkore: Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.

Better than a burly filipina caretaker whose devil tongue can barely master the basics of Japanese and remembers what your honorable ancestors did when they invaded.

I think they want a Japanese nurse for additional reasons, I saw a documentary about it.


Did the patient have at least one clearly, perfectly functioning organ?
 
2014-06-23 06:13:16 PM  

New Farkin User Name: UsikFark: Fano: valkore: Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.

Better than a burly filipina caretaker whose devil tongue can barely master the basics of Japanese and remembers what your honorable ancestors did when they invaded.

I think they want a Japanese nurse for additional reasons, I saw a documentary about it.

Did the patient have at least one clearly, perfectly functioning organ?


It had pixelitis.
 
2014-06-23 06:17:46 PM  

UsikFark: New Farkin User Name: UsikFark: Fano: valkore: Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.

Better than a burly filipina caretaker whose devil tongue can barely master the basics of Japanese and remembers what your honorable ancestors did when they invaded.

I think they want a Japanese nurse for additional reasons, I saw a documentary about it.

Did the patient have at least one clearly, perfectly functioning organ?

It had pixelitis.


Poor devil. Pixelitis causes paralysis in the prone position with only a weak ability to vocalize, typically high pitched whimpers. Only mega doses of protein have been shown to have any effect.
 
2014-06-23 06:36:26 PM  
Uncanny valley! UNCANNY VALLEY!
 
2014-06-23 06:47:19 PM  
Humans dating robots is sick.
 
2014-06-23 07:22:43 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Humans dating robots is sick.


Electrogonorrhea: the Noisy Killer.
 
2014-06-23 07:31:23 PM  
I suppose there's nothing preventing a robot from being designed to "love" inasmuch as a dog can love. You program its brain to have certain subroutines that alter its behavioral routines based on past interactions with a particular human. While we may not be able to mathematically describe consciousness, we can at least mathematically describe outward behaviors and make a really convincing simulacrum of those behaviors.

Actually an entire range of pseudo-emotions could be programmed in using that method. You could even develop a robot personality that was fundamentally incapable of developing hatred or fear. Of course, one could argue that programming an intelligent entity to be unable to experience the full range of life experiences is unethical....but then, we're talking about a machine running a crude simulation of consciousness, not a person. Would it even be self-aware, or a philosophical zombie with no subjective experience? In any case, the safest course of action in developing an intelligent robot would be to have its core cognitive functions built in such a way that it would instinctively like humans and want to serve them.
 
2014-06-23 08:13:13 PM  
You know, I'd put a lot more value on his opinion here if SoftBank hadn't just plastered their name all over in an anime where the final battle was against a horde of nigh-indestructible robots trying to take over the city...


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2014-06-24 06:47:24 AM  
I know what robots are capable of. Before you know it, the robots are draining the very essence of life from your weakening mortal form. The robots will have then attained immortality, dominating the financial and political landscape. Hopefully, we will have attractive female samurai to protect us from the soulless beings that only bring death.
 
2014-06-24 08:44:32 AM  

valkore: Japan is so keen on developing interactive robots because a rapidly increasing number of elderly citizens, and they don't have enough healthcare workers.  You'd think the answer would be to hire from abroad, but the Japanese are so Xenophobic that they'd rather have machines caring for gramps.

If I ever reach that age and all I have to talk to is a hunk of plastic while laid up in bed for 18 hours a day, just shoot me instead.


If I ever reach that age and they give me a robot to carry me around I'd be so happy. You'd never get me out of my power rangers pyjamas.
 
2014-06-24 09:02:35 AM  
Domo arigato, Mr. roboto!

/can't believe I'm the first one
 
2014-06-24 01:22:42 PM  
Being a robosexual ain't no way to go through life, Son.
 
2014-06-24 03:22:13 PM  
ilarge.listal.com

/ obligatory
 
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