The Day Obama Awkwardly Hung Out With Some Robots

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Fresh after a midterm thrashing, Obama perhaps thought this weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Japan might be a needed respite. Instead, he was greeted by a bunch of uncomfortable robots. Shrieking robo-seals! A creepy fembot! Some strange pod car!

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Obama was a great sport about it, but you can sense the man has a lot more on his mind than dipping into the Uncanny Valley—like, say, his political future, or global financial crises. Nonetheless, always cool to see POTUS with some robots—no matter how stilted the exchange. All in the diplomacy game, we suppose. [CrunchGear]

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I kinda feel bad for him being thrust into this sort of totally uncomfortable situation. Everyone stands around watching you wander around what is in essence a museum setup of demonstrations where you are the only patron. Ugh. I'd feel obligated to talk to every single person (and feign interest in all the totally un-interesting demos).