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People's Emotional Attachment to Roombas Bodes Well For Inevitable Sex Robot Industry

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A new study shows that people emotionally bond with their Roombas, giving names and arbitrary genders to their robotic vacuum cleaners. And gee whiz, they can't even sleep with these robots!

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The study, done by Georgia Tech's College of Computing, showed that 21 of 30 studied Roomba owners gave their bots names, while 16 referred to it as a "he." People also like to help out the Roomba, pre-cleaning for it and even buying new rugs for it to clean up.

The fact that people are anthropomorphizing Roombas, robots that look absolutely nothing like a person, should bode well for the inevitable robots that are actually designed to look like people. On the other hand, it may be that the Roomba's total other-ness is what makes people OK with becoming attached to them. They're just cute little vacuum cleaners, not big, latex-covered biped robots trying to have a conversation with you. But someday! [MSNBC]

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