Earlier this month, I reported on research showing that some people are becoming emotionally attached to their robot helpers around the house. I figured that would be a good trend for Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick iRobot
Well, thanks to a disturbing article I just came across, I now think that Rick may have been only slightly ahead of the curve in his prediction. The University of Maastricht in the Netherlands has awarded a doctorate to a researcher whose thesis is about the possibility of marriage between humans and robots.
While I am very queasy about the notion of "Intimate Relations With Artificial Partners" -- the title of the thesis -- I am comfortable with robots intruding on other, less personal aspects of our lives.
For instance, I am a huge fan of Intuitive Surgical's
You see, although I love the field of robots -- in fact, I professed my love for Intuitive Surgical this past Valentine's Day -- I sure am not ready to fall in love with an individual robot.
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Fool contributor Jack Uldrich wonders: Would it be appropriate to give a robotic vacuum cleaner as a wedding gift to a human-robot couple? Jack owns stock in iRobot and Intuitive Surgical. The Fool has a strict, but sentimental, disclosure policy.