Robot to Babysit Children

Japanese retailer Aeon Co. has just announced that they will be using a 1.4 meter robot to keep the children entertained as parents peruse the store to make their weekly purchases. These robots will be able to identify the children by name and interact with them, as long as the little ones wear special badges that contain code which the robot can read and decipher, reacting accordingly after that. Good thing it is meant to work with little children only as the robot’s vocabulary is rather limited at this point in time. The robot image shown here is but for illustrative purposes only. Could this be the start of the Robotic Nanny age as depicted in the Age of Apocalypse story arc in X-Men many years ago?

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