18 May 2008
Survivor Buddy

[Robin Murphy] envisions a robot that plays soothing music to trapped victims and features a monitor showing the faces of loved ones and rescuers trying to reach them. It will deliver water and transmit a victim’s vital signs to doctors. And it should be friendly, she said.

Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler, A USF professor plans to add a heart to robot rescuers, St. Petersburg Times
image: cropped from article illustration

This is actually a pretty cool idea, but I couldn’t help but laugh at one of the comments on the Slashdot article where I found out about this project: The idea of this seems like MS Office’s Clippy, only a hundred times worse. “Looks like you’re fucked! Would you like help? I can sing you a song!”.

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