Panhandling is a surprisingly remunerative activity, and it has the advantage that bums don’t have to worry about looking for a new job after automation renders their old one obsolete — or so I thought:
DONA is a robot that interactively solicits donations from passers-by. How? It engages people in a pet-like interaction. People rarely respond to adult humans in need but babies and animals? It’s very hard for us to resist. A wonderful exercise in behavioral science, sociology and robotics.
Back when we believed in building things, robotic innovations involving making cars. Now robots mooch, reflecting modern values.
For comparison and contrast, here is another gem from Moonbattery, Conservative Versus Liberal Robots:
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