Some of the whiz kids at MIT who had a fondness for that animatronic doll that we lovingly took into our homes in the 80’s, have created a new bear that not only is cute, cuddly and a companion for life, but can also alert medical staff to changes in an individual’s illness. Kinda like Dr. Huggable, Robotic Medicine Bear.
In the past I have talked about all kinds of robots ranging from ones that can navigate from point-to-point with no outside help to slug-eating robots that find battery fuel in the consumption of that sweet, slimy flesh. But now the robots are going for our children. OUR CHILDREN! The article from the BBC even mentions that ‘Huggable’ (its name) will possibly be able to not only recognize its owner, but respond to cuddles and will be able to tell if its owner is in distress. What happens when the bear turns evil? Will the bear report that all things are normal as it chases you around the room with a cleaver?