You’ve tried gadgets, gizmos, and gutenthadds galore, but you still can’t please the Ariel of your gift list with the people-legs she desperately wants. Surprise the one-who-has-everything with help from today’s Groupon: $20 worth of innovative, designery options at funky, chic Robot Love for $10.
Quirky-colored wall stickers adorn the walls at this eclectic emporium of obscure design finds. Amuse Twihards with a Steven Shein’s Glitter Fangs ring, a mini stacked wood and laminate piece that could pass as an imaginary promise ring from Edward Cullan ($19). Or try an aesthetically appealing action figure, such as the heroes and heartbreakers mini figure, a 3-inch little imaginative wonderfriend ($8). You’ll also find designer t-shirts, stationery, collectibles, magazines, and accessories.
Creative, well-designed gifts inspire more enthusiastic cooing than other less creative, well-designed gifts. You’ll realize the true joys of giving when watching your friends squeal with delight to find their own plush brass knuckle bob or sweet meat hambone pillows. Plus, you’re likely to avoid someone guessing what your gift is, already owning it, or throwing it from the window of a train. Robot Love is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
- Shopping here is like walking into a store in the Harujuku district of Japan and leaving with a fantastical set of colorful new friends—and isn't that cooler than the guilt trip from buying a dress you'll only wear twice? – City Pages
Artificial intelligence experts agree that our current robot-technology will begin to improve at an exponential rate, culminating with the Holy Grail of robot-intelligence in 2015: robot emotions. Unfortunately, experts predict that empathy, the robot emotion that will prevent a robotic uprising, will be the last to develop. Already, governments around the world are preparing to deal with unruly populations of robots, armed with laser feet and chainsaw legs, whose emotions are limited to anger and sadness.
To help robots develop empathy, scientists are pairing all existing robots with scrappy teenage boys, hoping that the plucky, yet naive youngsters will inspire the robots to recognize that some human life is worth saving. Critics, however, point out that this plan is equally likely to cause the teens to become traitors and side with robots during the now-inevitable First Robot-Human War.
Whatever happens, be nice to robots so that you’ll hopefully become one of the humans they keep alive for the purpose of study.
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