The 5 Best Times Obama Met With Robots

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Yesterday, President Obama made history by having a conversation via telepresence robot in the White House to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans Disabilities Act. But it wasn’t the first time Obama has met with the artificially intelligent.

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July 2015 | Meets Alice Wong of Disability Visibility Project via BeamPro

Looks like they could have at least adjusted the thing for his height, right?


April 2014 | Meets ASIMO

During a trip to Tokyo, Obama played soccer with Honda’s robot. He also bowed to it, which was kind of a problem for right-wingers.


April 2013 | Meets Robotic Arm

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Obama has welcomed many robot visitors to the house like this creation of International Science and Engineering Fair winner Easton LaChappelle.


September 2011 | Meets FIRST Robot

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Would you look at this POTUS! He loves robots. He’s no Angela Merkel, though.


June 2011 | Meets Sensabot

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Not sure exactly what Obama is doing here to this Carnegie Mellon robot.


Teleconference photos, Pete Souza; robotic arm, Getty Images; FIRST Robot, AP; Carnegie Mellon robot, AP

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DISCUSSION

lostengineer
lostEngineer

Compared to the “Merkel and the Queen” (I claim THAT band name) pictures, these seem... kinda forced. The robots seem artificially diverse, and the staging is almost programmed. It’s like the President is just running a routine.

I know our country is a little low tech, but putting a veneer over our latent robot discrimination isn't covering it.