Japan's Downsy Medical Bot Teaches Doctors How to Treat Special Patients

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Say hello to Keiko. She's the world's first robot with Down Syndrome. She's designed to help doctors diagnose people who come into the ER with a bad case of the Downs by answering their questions and responding to touch. What's that? She's not supposed to be retarded? Well what the hell is with that forehead then? Come on, Japan. The first retarded medical robot was kind of funny, now I'm worried that I'll accidentally get diagnosed with Downs if I ever end up in a Japanese hospital. [CrunchGear]

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Anyone who reads Giz regularly knows NOTHING is sacred here (except the IPhone and His Royal Steveness), so I dont know why they would be surprised by this. It is insensetive yes, but this isnt group therapy, its a silly gadget blog. If this doesnt offend you, stick around, something will come up shortly that will.