It’s 2014 and we have drones, 3-D printing, Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, self-driving cars, wearable computers such as Google Glass, and artificial intelligence. We basically live in the future. But we’re missing big promise from The Jetsons: robot butlers. The reason, according to Quirky founder and CEO Ben Kaufman, is because real-life Rosies are awkward. He demonstrated as much today at a press event at the headquarters of his startup in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
“I’m telling you, they’re creepy,” he said, as a four-foot tall robot slowly jerked its way across the stage. “You don’t want one of those in your house.”
This idea—that no one wants a robot butler—is the basis of a new campaign to show people a different kind of futuristic home: one full of sensors, controlled by your smartphone. (And not a humanoid machine.)
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