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When a Robot Becomes the Life of the Party 36

theodp writes "The rich are different; the geek rich are different-er. The WSJ's Emily Glazer reports that when Richard Garriott de Cayeux threw a costume party the night before his wedding in Paris, his 82-year-old mother — too frail to travel from her Las Vegas home — still dressed up as an Indian princess and attended the party using a $9,700 personal-presence robot from Anybots Inc. At the wedding reception the next day, Mama Garriott shook her robootie on the dance floor, encircled by kids and family. Telepresence robots aren't just for the likes of Sergey Brin anymore — companies like VGo, Xaxxon, Willow Garage, and iRobot have introduced personal-presence robots that range in price from $270 for a simple model to $50,000 for a machine that allows doctors to diagnose illnesses remotely. And, as an old NY Times article noted, they can also make fine Robot Overlords."
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When a Robot Becomes the Life of the Party

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 10, 2012 @03:36PM (#39313291)

    Larry Middleman [wikia.com] could probably use the work.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 10, 2012 @04:04PM (#39313465)

    I wish people would stop picking on him.

    He's had a rough life on Wall Street and he only got away with a couple of hundred million dollars and his poor wife can only afford to drive two Cadillacs. Do you know how inferior she must feel when all her peers are driving Mercedes, BMWs and Jags?

    And he can't drink coffee or alcohol. I'd be pretty flat if I didn't have a few mugs of coffee every morning too!

    And then there's the hair. I bet he's exhausted sitting there every morning while his valet combs his hair to make it perfect!

    And I don't know about you, but having to fly around on those noisy private jets can be unnerving!

    *Sobbing* SO LEAVE MITT ALONE!

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