Meet Jibo, a new robotic companion to constantly monitor your family and control your environment

Monday, April 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, April 20, 2015

Like it or not, the age of robotics is dawning, and while some may hail this development as eminently beneficial to mankind, others are warning that a robot-filled world is not necessarily in the best interests of the human race.

It’s been years in the making, but the time has finally come: A new “family” robot is being produced and marketed as the ultimate companion, even though its technology gives it the ability to monitor everything in your household and, at some point, provide the treasure trove of intimacy to some government agency or corporation — or both.

The robot even has a name — “Jibo” (jee-bo) — and it can do a great many things, like talk to you, track your movements, engage in face and voice recognition, take photos and videos and even “educate” and “entertain” your children.

As reported by USA Today, the robot was not ready to debut at the recent annual SXSW (South by Southwest) event in Austin, which showcases technology, music, film and other cultural trends. But the robot’s development is said to currently be in its final stages.

“Jibo is going through the commercialization process right now,” said Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor and social robotics pioneer who is the driving force behind the 11-inch-tall robot. Breazeal also gave a robotics presentation at SXSW.

Jibo will be designed to “learn” you and your family

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