Monday, December 10, 2007


Pleo, the robotic dinosaur.

Really cool. Really lifelike. From the makers of the Furby. Pretty neat from a technical perspective, but I'm interested in it from a psychological perspective. What I find interesting was my reaction to this: Video of Pleo getting tortured to death. It's only a machine. It doesn't have feelings. It didn't actually die. It could even be fixed. But, you sort of empathized with it's "suffering." Odd. Check it out and tell me what you think.

1 comment:

Leigh C. said...

Dude, once you have had kids or are working around kids for long periods of time, it heightens your sensitivity to inanimate objects, or to animate ones that supposedly don't have feelings. My son getting totally freaked over Herbie the Love Bug in danger at a demolition derby is a case in point...