Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Robot Matrix

From a recent Lapham's Quarterly:

I like that mythological and future robots are included, but the one thing I take issue with is having the Furby so high on the intelligence scale. Sure, they appeared to learn English (i.e., that owner's input [teaching] changed the Furby's output), but really they were all programmed to slowly switch over from speaking "Furbish" to English at a pre-determined rate, regardless of how much one spoke to them. Which makes the whole "banning Furbys at confidential meetings" craze ridiculous for more than just the reason that people were bringing Furbys with them to work

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