After watching the ASMIO premiere on June 2nd, I had some concerns. The whole time I watched it, I felt uncomfortable rather than inspired by what ASMIO is. The premiere event seemed more like an infomerical than a presentation. Even though ASMIO himself isn't up for sale, the acceptance of him is.
I found it interesting that the woman representing ASMIO always addressed the kids in the audience. Open ended questions and participation targeted the children. Maybe I am over analyzing this, but I really felt like the reason behind this is because those children in the audience, they are the future. If ASMIO is the start of a future in human replacement robots, then these two generations will grow with each other and early exposure and acceptance makes the transition smoother.
I wasn't won over by ASMIO. If anything I felt unsettled. When the woman stated that ASMIO could replace Firefighters and people that clean up toxic waste, I didn't find that comforting. I felt like she dropped two dangerous job titles to mask the underlying issue of robots replacing humans, period. Has anyone else seen the ASMIO exhibit? What did you think of it?