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Days like today have actually become the standard over this last, lost year; there is a tragedy taking place every second of every day, and if you’re lucky adequate to be outdoors of the blast radius you’re just able to perceive what’s occurring through a screen.

That was the first thing I saw today. This was the second.

This cool little robot’s name is Nicobo, and it was created by Panasonic for friendship. It can not do more than wiggle its head and its tail and blink its unnervingly digital eyes.

As Gizmodo reports, Panasonic is only preparing to make a few hundred Nicobo systems; it made them offered for preorder by means of its own crowdfunding platform, and they have actually all been declared since six hours after the project launch. (Nicobo expenses about $360) If you managed to get your hands on one, you’re anticipated to pay around $10 a month to get things like software updates.

It’s not like you can purchase this robotic, which is adorable in its method. It’s also not like learning about a small Japanese robot will alter your life or even fend off existential despair for more than the time it takes you to get to this paragraph in this short article.

Possibly there’s a lesson here, nestled between the juxtaposition of the logic of production and the truth of widespread human suffering. Nicobo was developed by Panasonic in partnership with robotics scientists from Toyohashi University of Technology as a companion– as a technological salve for atomization, capitalist alienation, and excellent old-fashioned loneliness. After a year of significantly less human touch, we’ve yet another robotic Band-Aid for an open psychic injury. I think it’s cuter than a Zoom call?

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