I just read this at Wired, about US Military desire for a robot that children of servicemen and women can “talk” to, to reduce the anxiety of their loved one being away killing or being killed in some conflict.
They obviously envisage some delivery problems with fighting robots for the battlefield, so this smaller more attainable robot project is going to tide over loved ones until such a point robots fight the wars for us.
Oh, but do you get to keep the little robot once your loved one returns home, or worse dies in the field? Does it become some kind of sick stand-in for them?
These people are nuts. If you have to go out of your way to try to make things OK, you have to think about what was wrong in the first place.
I was in a car park today and genuinely struggled to press the RED button to get my ticket. Which idiot designed that, and put up instructions to press the red button?