Robovie Robot Gives The Sales Pitch

Robovie helping your grandma with her shopping? What could be more adorable!


(Robovie helps with the shopping)

Robovie and its associated system also monitors your Grandma's health and even suggests specific dishes to improve health.

However, once Robovie gets into the store it also reminds you what you should buy and offers suggestions. Hmm.

Fans of Philip K. Dick have been cringing from this possible future since the publication of his short story Sales Pitch in 1954. In the story, robot salesmen are everywhere.

Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing, pleading, shrilling. One started after him and he quickened his pace. It scurried along, chanting its pitch and trying to attract his attention, all the way up the hill to his living-unit. It didn't give up until he stooped over, snatched up a rock, and hurled it futilely. He scrambled in the house and slammed the doorlock after him. The robot hesitated, then turned and raced after a woman with an armload of packages toiling up the hill. She tried vainly to elude it, without success.
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From Robot Watch via Botjunkie and our friends at frolix-8.

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