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Jessica Lipsky
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Re: What an amazing story!
Jessica Lipsky   8/6/2014 12:08:41 PM
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I like your idea about emotionally supportive recycling centers Rick! Think there will ever be such a thing as old age homes for robots, where they can fade into tech obscurity?

Susan Rambo
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Robot pet cemetery
Susan Rambo   8/6/2014 11:07:04 AM
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A robot pet cemetery no less.  Wow...and some people thought the space program was a waste of money.

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A business opportunity
kfield   8/6/2014 10:56:53 AM
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Yes indeed, what a cool story. It seems like there would be a business opportunity for keeping old robots going, some clever engineer figuring out how to do a retrofit relying more on open source hardware and software so that owners are not totally dependent on the legacy supplier. I have an Aibo myself, maybe it's a project for Max Maxfield to take on???

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An Opportunity for 3D Repair
vvc0   8/6/2014 10:49:09 AM
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I wonder how many of the mechanical components subject to wear could be constructed on a 3D printer? Also, would it be possible to retrofit or update the battery packs? Perhaps Sony should be approached to see if they would commit their drawings for Aibo to the open source community. While recycling components is certainly possible, it is so sad to deprive people of the companionship and emotional bonds formed with their Aibo when, at least for this, the technology exists to repair them.

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What an amazing story!
rick merritt   8/6/2014 9:24:36 AM
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This is so tender and such an uncanny look at our techno-sociolgy!

Perhaps we can take a techno-religious approach that we don't need robot cemetaries but emotionally supportive recycling centers where the robot's usable parts can be passed on to a new generation of robots and the unusable ones can be creamated.

What an interesting world!

And you, Junko, must live at least to 100 so you can keep bringing us stories like this one.

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