Take a look at the latest Aibo.
Now I can understand people having misgivings about electronic pets, but believe me, Sony’s Aibo has something special. What that something is I don’t really know, but from a recent experience, it seems that the plastic pooch can produce the same reactions in people that a real dog does.
In the shop I found myself happily stroking Aibo, and after stepping back and observing others, the electronic dog produced the same reaction in everybody else. Without exception. People smiled, petted it, and in the end were reluctant to leave.
Strange? Maybe. True? Surprisingly, yes.
And not once did I see it attempt to sniff someone’s groin or hump a passerby’s leg.