In the latest salvo in the simmering human-robot war, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Said on Thursday that it is renting "wakamaru" robots to work at the front desk of offices, hospitals and businesses.
The bright yellow three-foot tall rental-robot recognizes 10,000 words and can move about while avoiding obstacles. It is no doubt more friendly and competent than your average receptionist, allowing the robots to gain our trust. Then, when we least expect it, lose our phone messages.
Sure, a few lost phone messages might not seem like a big deal, but what about when the message says, "Beware of the robots! They want to enslave you in their diamond mines!"?? What then?
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