Friday, May 17, 2002

"Can a Child Love a Robot?": So far, children seem to be able to tell the difference between a robotic dog and a real dog. But this may change as such toys like the Aibo become more realistic. The article notes that It's already been shown that elderly nursing home patients who cannot keep real pets still get many of the health benefits (such as lowered blood pressure) by holding and caring for mechanical dogs as they would for caring for real dogs.