US Soldiers Bond With iRobot’s Bomb-Defusing RobotsBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
U.S. soldiers in Iraq are giving nicknames (like Scooby-Doo) and forming emotional bonds with bomb-defusing robots. They have come to regard them as teammates, according to the Colin Angle, Founder & Chief Executive of iRobot Inc.
“Please fix Scooby Doo because he saved my life,” a soldier told repair technicians, according to Angle’s account at last week’s Future in Review technology conference.
I think what it indicates is that human bonding is not related to quality or state of sentience of a being (living or non-living). This is why we often find people loving animal’s over (or at the cost of) human’s. It is scary if you think about it.