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JAPS AND THEIR ROBOT DOGS

The Japanese don't like real dogs. They would much rather have a robotic dog than a real dog. The Japanese and Koreans eat dogs. They would rather eat real dogs and make robotic dogs to replace real dogs as pets. The Japs don't do well with real dogs, real dogs bite them.

The Japs have gotten so used to replacing real pets with robots that they even have pet cemetaries for their stupid robotic dogs.



The Japs are not responsible enough to handle real pets, they prefer to have robots that don't need to actually be taken care of.

“When I leave on holiday I can just turn him off, I don’t need to feed him,” Hideko Mori, a robot dog owner of eight years, told AFP. “He doesn’t need taking out, well, not exactly. From time to time he cocks his leg and there’s this noise like water running. It’s a beautiful noise.”

Mori purchased the pooch after the death of her husband and, like many other Aibo owners, became attached to her unique cyborg companion.

“I can’t imagine how quiet our living room would have been if Ai-chan wasn’t here,” Sumie Maekawa, a longtime Aibo owner, told The Wall Street Journal, using an honorific suffix applied to girls’ names.

Tatsuo Matsui, who owns two digital dogs with his wife, added, “I can’t risk my precious dogs because they are important members of our family.”

For years following the announcement, Sony would repair Aibos that experienced technical difficulties. But in July 2014, those repairs stopped and owners were left to look elsewhere for help.

“The first time I spoke directly to a client he told me, ‘He’s not very well, can you examine him?’” Hiroshi Funabashi, a robot dog repairman, told AFP. “I realized he didn’t see it as a robot, but as a member of his family whose life was more important than his own.”

The Sony stiff has led not only to the formation of support groups--where Aibo enthusiasts can share tips and help each other with repairs--but has fed the bionic pet vet industry.

“The people who have them feel their presence and personality,” Nobuyuki Narimatsu, director of A-Fun, a repair company for robot dogs, told AFP. “So we think that somehow, they really have souls.” Crazy Japanese, robots don't have souls, not even if they look cute.

Originally introduced way back in 1999, Sony's AIBO—or Artificial Intelligence roBOt—went on to sell well over 150,000 units, despite a price tag well north of $2,000. And up until March of last year, Sony provided repair services for the robots that were packed full of electronics.



Smaller companies have since popped up offering to continue to repair broken AIBOs, but replacement parts are getting scarce and the robot dogs are starting to break down in greater numbers. In other words, the artificial breed is starting to die off.



In the AIBO funeral above, 114 AIBOs were formally lined up within Isumi's historic Kofukuji Buddhist temple, and each was given a tag describing their family owners and place of origin.

Now the Japs are reintroducing Aibo 12 years after they discontinued AIBO version 1.0. Sony's robotic dog which was first introduced in America in 1999 but was discontinued in 2006 because Americans aren't stupid enough to spend 2,000 on a robotic dog.

Aibo is a reboot of the robot dog Sony first introduced in 1999. This new litter goes on sale in the United States this week with more lifelike movement, artificial intelligence and a cellular connection for a gobsmacking $2,900 each. Who exactly in America will spend that much money on a stupid toy no one knows.

Not that Aibos, about the size of a Yorkshire terriers, can replace an actual dog. Aibos are just a fraction of the real thing. An Aibo can't go for a walk, jump into your lap, teach you responsibility or give you real-deal love. Aside from walking around the house, barking and performing a few tricks, Aibo doesn't do a whole lot. It can't play music or answer trivia like a smart speaker, though essentially that's what an AIBO.



AIBOs sell in Japan because the Japanese can't handle real pets. They'll never be a thing in America besides an oddity and parlor trick. Sure Mark Zuckerberg will buy one, but no one else will. The AIBO was only ever a success in Japan, in America it was a massive failure. This new AIBO is going to be another MASSIVE FAILURE for SONY.

The real reason AIBOs are being introduced back in America is now SONY has made them into little robotic spies. Just like Amazon and Google are spying on people with their Echo's and Google Homes, the AIBO is SONY's play into the spying game. Their little dog can follow you around and spy on you. Since it's connected to the internet, it's constantly sending SONY information about what you're doing, what you're eating, what TV shows you watch etc. Aibo is always online via its own cellular connection to download new capabilities and new tricks, and upload what it takes in on the ground.

Cameras built into an AIBO's nose and lower back help it wander around your house like a Roomba, avoiding obstacles and attempting to find its way back to its charger. (Aibo’s battery can go for two hours at a time which is super lame). Four microphones let Aibo hear commands and figure out who’s issuing them. Like a real puppy, it has an inconvenient habit of getting underfoot while you’re cooking dinner.

Aibo’s autonomy is a work-in-progress. To put it another way: Aibo is kind of stupid. Aibo isn’t smart enough to avoid steps or chase after a ball with any consistency. Sometimes a reporter found his AIBO staring at a wall for hours. Not at all creepy.

AIBO has a companion app that lets you see pictures it takes with it's nose and back. Those pictues are also being broadcast back to SONY along with other pictures the AIBO decides to take whenever it wants. The little robotic dogs are jap spy pets.

When asked about AIBO's spying capabilities, a SONY spokeswoman responded that an Aibo isn't recording 24/7 but rather listens and looks out for commands. Aibo stores experiential data that allows it to build "memories" and "create an ever-growing bond with the owner," she said. "This data is not shared." What she means by not shared is that SONY owns the data now. And the commands are from SONY. When SONY decides to turn on the spying capabilities they can at any time.

Spookily, Aibo's privacy policy says it isn't intended for use in Illinois, which has laws restricting facial-recognition tech. This clearly indicates that not only is your AIBO dog regarding you, but it's using facial recognition technology to differentiate between you and your family and friends. Your AIBO isn't just watching you, it's watching your whole family as well.