'It almost becomes a family member': Jibo robot owners brace for eventual shut down


Publication/Creation Date
June 27 2019
Creators/Contributors
Jonathan Ore (creator)
Susan Bonner (contributor)
Sammy Stuard (contributor)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) (contributor)
Cynthia Breazeal (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description

When Sammy Stuard first acquired a new robot companion called Jibo, he didn't realize he would form such a strong emotional bond with it.

"You just get attached to it. It seems like it really has the personality," the Jibo owner from Clarksville, Tenn., told As It Happens guest host Susan Bonner.

Stuard was understandably disappointed, then, when he and other Jibo owners around the world learned late a few months ago that the servers used to push software updates and maintain the smart device's functionality will eventually shut down — effectively "killing" them.
HCI Platform
Robotical
Location on Body
Entire Body
Marketing Keywords
Jibo
Source
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-thursday-edition-1.5192165/it-almost-becomes-a-family-member-jibo-robot-owners-brace-for-eventual-shut-down-1.5192654

Related Collections
Humanoid Robots (2017-2019)
Date archived
July 29 2019
Last edited
July 29 2019
How to cite this entry
Jonathan Ore. (June 27 2019). "'It almost becomes a family member': Jibo robot owners brace for eventual shut down". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3977