Re: AIBO, 2nd generation

From: Joaquim Almgren Gāndara (
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 14:43:40 MDT

Apparently, my experiment was a success! By beginning the message with "in case anyone's interested", I managed to alienate every reader, which indeed made my e-mail completely counterfactual! Kind of interesting, if you think about it. (Another counterfactual, of course no one will want to think about such trivial matters when we have AI, nanotech and cryo to think about. I'll stop it now.)
- Joaquim Gāndara
----- Original Message -----
From: Joaquim Almgren Gandara <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2000 11:11 AM
Subject: AIBO, 2nd generation

> In case anyone's interested, the new Aibo is here. In case anyone hasn't
> heard about the old one; it's an "intelligent" robot dog from Sony. In
> case someone's wondering why I'm posting this message, I noticed
> something rather interesting on the American Aibo website, namely that
> "Sony's purpose in developing AIBO is to bring humans and robots closer
> together. Sony does this by creating an artificial being as close to a
> living creature as possible." In case you're still wondering, I thought
> that this might be relevant to the question of AI rights (e.g. the
> discussion about the game Creatures, etc, a while back) -- is this a
> first step towards the acceptance of AIs as a true life form with the
> same legal rights as humans?
> In case you're wondering why every sentence in this e-mail begins with
> "in case" -- I don't know; I guess I've been reading too much Hofstadter
> or something. In case you're wondering what Hofstadter has to do with
> it; Douglas Hoftstadter is interested in counterfactuals.
> (In case you'd like to know who I am:)
> Joaquim Gandara <>

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