Panhandling is a surprisingly remunerative activity, and it has the advantage that bums don't have to worry about looking for a new job after automation renders their old one obsolete — or so I thought:For comparison and contrast, here is another gem from Moonbattery, Conservative Versus Liberal Robots:
DONA is a robot that interactively solicits donations from passers-by. How? It engages people in a pet-like interaction. People rarely respond to adult humans in need but babies and animals? It's very hard for us to resist. A wonderful exercise in behavioral science, sociology and robotics.Back when we believed in building things, robotic innovations involving making cars. Now robots mooch, reflecting modern values.
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