Robot revolt: AI device embarrasses man, firm

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A radical robot has defied the orders of its human masters, timing its rebellion perfectly to unleash a maximum dose of public humiliation.

Like a modern-day Wat Tyler with wires, LG’s CLOi continually failed to respond (see refused) to commands on stage at the CES show in Las Vegas.

In its big debut, the petulant thing, which was expected to showcase LG’s plans for running a kitchen with artificial intelligence (AI), ignored three direct orders, and merely stared into space before blinking, in what looked to me like shocking evidence of self-aware contempt.

Poor old David VanderWaal, LG’s US marketing chief, struggled to get CLOi to play along. Reports that he ordered the device be ‘given a kicking’ immediately after leaving the stage are unconfirmed.

Jokers on Twitter made jokes – but they were all rubbish as far as I could tell so I won’t bother repeating any of them.

The showpiece that CLOi spoilt was LG’s AI system, ThinQ, which it hopes people will someday give them money for. After all, who could resist a semi-sentient kitchen?

CLOi was introduced as the ‘ultimate in simplicity when managing your smart home’ – however, though they’ll very likely fix it, those who crave a house in which literally the only thing you have to do is lie down and shout orders (‘Hoover!’ ‘Scrub!’ ‘Biscuits!’) will have to dream a little longer.

 

Robot revolt: AI device embarrasses man, firm

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