I was interviewed last week about Cynthia Breazeal’s new company, Jibo, and the press release just came off embargo. So the stories are out as of 9 this morning.
The video, such as the one at NYT, is an interesting study in the idea of presenting technology as our social partner. One of the most interesting things about the design Breazeal has gone after is to minimize what is really tough in robotics- batteries and legs/wheels, instead focusing on a tabletop device, and implementing actuation that is elegantly simple, yet capable of displaying some emotion through physical change.
I am going to be very interested to see how the blogosphere analyzes the robot, both from the perspective of privacy and from the perspective of sociality and humanity (think Her for one extreme perspective).