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Feds Spending $10 Million to Build
Robot Companions for Children

Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/24/2014 10:52:25 AM

The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise. The project will develop a “new breed of sophisticated ‘socially assistive’ robots,” designed to help children “learn to read, appreciate physical fitness, overcome cognitive disabilities, and perform

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Toledo, 7/24/2014 10:55:25 AM     (No. 9938100)

Probably Illegals will get this first

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jackie, 7/24/2014 10:57:58 AM     (No. 9938107)

This trying to control the kids has got to stop.. we will have a bunch of little robot Obamas or Zombies if this keeps up... It will be up to the parents to say ´not no but HELL no...My kids hands off...´

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/24/2014 10:59:06 AM     (No. 9938111)

Because liberals have no creativity and because they hate Christianity (ie, America) much of what they do is sit around and think of things that they could do to irritate us.

Ignore this. At least this money did not go to Hamas.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/24/2014 11:07:59 AM     (No. 9938126)

Any time it´s "for the children" my BS meter goes off.
Will they have to join the teachers union?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 7/24/2014 11:33:36 AM     (No. 9938169)

What a horrific concept.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/24/2014 11:37:58 AM     (No. 9938178)

9 million for salaries, 1 million for hardware and nothing to show for it afterwards....

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Reply 7 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 7/24/2014 11:43:51 AM     (No. 9938189)

OMG!!! Does everyone realize the frightening implications of this?!? Not to mention they´re spending my money to do it....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 7/24/2014 12:04:13 PM     (No. 9938227)

It will be great until the robots decide that they are superior to the kids, as well as the rest of the human race. Then the ones armed with lasers will make their move. Holy Terminator.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/24/2014 12:06:40 PM     (No. 9938230)

"Danger Will Robinson! Republican stooge entering room!"

"Sarah Palin is a witch! She will turn you into a Republican toad!"

"Øbama is a Saint! Love him!"

Yeah, the nation´s future is bright, isn´t it?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 7/24/2014 12:10:18 PM     (No. 9938236)

1984

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Reply 11 - Posted by: obviousity, 7/24/2014 12:28:19 PM     (No. 9938259)

And what is the gender of said robot? Will its self-perceived/projected gender change as often as real humans change their underwear?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/24/2014 12:40:42 PM     (No. 9938283)

Will the diet and exercise robots be made to look like angry , ebony women with large overbites ?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: PAdiva, 7/24/2014 12:47:04 PM     (No. 9938293)

#12 be careful what you write about people with large overbites.
Of course, it is better to pay gobs of money to like-minded friends to create something inefficient. What´s wrong with Rosetta Stone to teach English?
(I´m not learning Spanish.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: varkdriver, 7/24/2014 1:36:46 PM     (No. 9938357)

#9, may I add:

[in a flat, robotic tone]: "Sing with me, kids. Obama loves me, this I know, because the WaPo tells me so..."

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/24/2014 3:01:36 PM     (No. 9938496)

Had this money been set aside for our wounded wounded warriors and retired vets, then this might have been a more positive item. In reading this one thinks of the Jetsons--his wife, Jane -and their robot maid, Rosie

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Reply 16 - Posted by: 4Justice, 7/24/2014 4:12:33 PM     (No. 9938604)

Robots teaching children to become robots...

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