“Jibo the Family Robot” is the Creepiest Product of the Year (video)

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Praised by CNN and the Wallstreet Journal, Jibo is the world’s first “family robot”. A cheesy, overly sentimental video selling this machine explains exactly how it will spy on your entire family … And it is extremely creepy.

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In the cautionary tale that was 1984, telescreens were used by the ruling Party to keep its subjects under constant surveillance, thus eliminating the chance of secret conspiracies against it. Almost 70 years after the release of the novel, telescreens are a reality … and they are going much further than Orwell’s telescreens.

Enter Jibo. Before I go further, I will let you witness its mindbogglingly absurd video selling this product. The first time I watched it, I actually asked myself if it was some kind of spoof or parody. But no. I got confirmation that it was 100% real and that the product is about to ship worldwide. Then a dark, creeping feeling overwhelmed me as I realized the immense potential of this machine. Here’s the ad.

If you are anything like me, watching this video makes me angry : The sentimental, “life is so wonderful” music; The way the fake family talks to the robot as if it was an adopted son; The way it is presented as something “we’ve all dreamed about”. All the while, Jibo is being the family snitch, gathering data about everybody and sending it God knows where.

I recognizes all the faces in its field of vision, the exact distance from it and even recognizes each person's facial expression.
It recognizes everybody in its field of vision, it calculates the exact distance from it and even analyzes each person’s facial expression.

 

It knows who's coming to pick you up, at what time and where you are going.
It knows who’ is coming to pick who up, at what time and where they are going.

 

It spends creepy one-on-one time with your daughter, telling her creepy stories while recording everything she is saying.
It spends creepy one-on-one time with children, telling then  stories while recording everything they are saying.

 

But Jibo did not like losing visual contact with the girl. As soon as it found the girl's face, it creepily says "There you arrrre".
But Jibo did not like losing visual contact with the girl. As soon as it found the girl’s face, it creepily says “There you arrrre”.

Then there’s this bachelor dude who comes in and says “Heeyyy buddy” … to a robot. Are you serious? How much fluoride-laced toothpaste do you need to swallow before you start saying “Heeyyy buddy” to a machine? The dude then tells the machine “you know me so well” – he probably doesn’t know the half of it.

The ad ends with more creepy one-on-one time  (in the dark).  with the daughter who is too young to understand the concept of high tech surveillance and who might start to believe that a machine loves her.
The ad ends with more creepy one-on-one time (in the dark). with the daughter who is too young to understand the concept of high tech surveillance. All she knows is that Jibo loves her because a heart was displayed on the screen. *shudders*

Since 2012, there’s been a steady stream of revelations confirming that the NSA and other agencies actively collect information from every single connected device. How is Jibo not a treasure trove of next-level information ready to collected and exploited?

They want you to have an All-Seeing Eye in your home … and they want you to pay money for it.


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RoseJ
RoseJ

You know what breaks my heart more? Seeing people treating robot with love and respect while treating animals (who are SENTIENT beings) like sh*t. Humanity makes me want to hang myself.

Anne
Anne

I went to the MIT website to read about Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Founder & CEO. Before Jibo, she created Kismet, an earlier "social" robot. At the very bottom of the page it tells who sponsored Dr. Breazeal:

"Kismet is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation." http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2001/kismet

Yup, the same old Nazi p********s behind all such projects. I can't believe that anyone would willingly allow this type of spying into their houses.

Simi615
Simi615

There are people who need help with the bare necessities in this world… like food, water, and shelter. Instead, the rich are promoting a robot that can spy on people?! Why are they not promoting a product that can help people in need, instead of promoting a creepy robot who does absolutely NOTHING!

Toshi
Toshi

Why not do both?

tommy
tommy

I really doubt this toy will go anywhere far though.
The whole robot reality is what's in the agenda. (The movie i-robot)
I really think that people will become so saturated with technology that they will eventually want to disconnect from it.
There's a boundary that people will draw the line.
I think we already reached that point with tablets and the functionality of it. Most likely tablets will have a holographic display one day. Most people will want a one way interaction. Just pressing buttons or keyboards. No one really wants the tablet talking back to us. We speak enough to real people everyday.
That's why anything further than that simple will not work.
They are all just gimmicks.

SamVuee
SamVuee

An all-seeing robot eye to keep as a pet/toy at your home at your own expense of being dehumanized yourself…..I can clearly sense a dreaded future of machines outnumbering man, as I "look ahead" of whats yet to come

Johnny Canuck
Johnny Canuck

If you have a Jibo, don't bother inviting me to your house for ANYTHING!!!! I'm a little spy-shy, if you know what I mean. And people will wonder why nobody comes around for a visit. Duh!

IT Outsourcing Dalla
IT Outsourcing Dalla

A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality that is contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the police state dictatorship it is going to get.

notinterested
notinterested

I feel like I don't need anything whatsoever, exept good food to eat and comfortable clothes to wear, basically. I am happy and content.

Yet, you have these companies that continue to create all these useless products that nobody actually needs.

It is a waste of time and money and resources.

The world remains delusional and dysfunctional. It is baffling to watch and witness this unfortunate and strange reality.

If Jibo can't wash the dishes or do the laundry, then Jibo is a useless joke.

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Agreed! Although dishwashers already exist 😉 though I'm sure people would upgrade to one that loads and unloads itself, if given the option.

I still can't believe people are too lazy to call their own takeout, according to this video. I kinda want to see how the guy taking the order on the other end reacts.

I can see people treating Jibo like a pet, or child, freaking out if I kicked it and told it to gtf away from me. "How dare you treat Jibo that way! Get out of here!"
"Funny you say that; I was thinking the same thing when I saw your spybot."
"He's no spybot! He's family! He's better than family!"

asdf
asdf

Jibo or 几波 in Chinese translates to "Several Waves" in English.
慈母 or "Loving Mother"

Timothy Leary
Timothy Leary
Boa
Boa

Well.. I'm on both sides of this.. Can't seem to find the words to express my feelings… advance is technology and human beings. Do we need tech to advance in this world? Will we one day be able to travel as our neighbors from other planets do? I want best of both worlds. Incredible technology and a spiritual connection with mother earth as she is. Not harming her in the process as we are. Feeding on fossil fuel and burning down every last forest. Making excuses like we are over populating her. We are abusive and greedy and that is why we are not ready for evolution. So sick of the system.

nvsk
nvsk

Great article again VC, loving the new layout.

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Wexford Rebel
Wexford Rebel

If they put an "i" in front of it and called it and I-jibo the suckers will buy it….Nope nope nope

davis
davis

Furby 2015

The Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier

The latest thing to terrify your family or to spoil mercilessly!
I totally agree with that statement davis.
I’ve always said furbys are the spawn of satan…and now we have a robot made by followers of satan. How ironic….

Jane
Jane

I don't know if anyone commented about the UK show Black Mirror yet ( which…OFCOURSE, is going to made into a US version because I guess some US people must have a hard time watching the original in their English language? Ya I don't get why the keep doing this!!!). Anyways, the show is brilliant and is about our world in various future eras, basically after all of the beast system has come to fruition. It's frightening and scary good! But the Christmas special is about an object just like this Jibo crap, and I'm in awe (maybe even a little suspicious) of how well they called it.

SellingToTheMasses
SellingToTheMasses

Now you've got me curious about this "Black Mirror" show. Why different in different countries? laws, marketing, and fiddling, but not necessarily about language. I asked a manager of the US side of European owned company why they would sell one version of gadget X to the US customers and another to the Europeans? First different laws may apply (FDA or product limitations in the US may keep certain features off the product that would normally be used in other countries) Second, cultural differences may make certain "features" handicaps in a different culture. One of the European countries where gadget X is sold LOVES dials and complicated menus. The US market loves push button simplicity. Can't do both on the same gadget. Thirdly, fiddling. Especially with music or media (movies, tv, etc) crossing the border gives the new countries producers and directors a chance to put their spin on product. The new product, while essentially the same plot, can focus on themes not highlighted in the original. The best example of "3" I know is the movie "Vanilla Sky." (Now THAT would be a great movie for a VC review) If you didn't see it, it was during Tom Cruise's… Read more »

JJHeckt
JJHeckt

i can't wait to see what happens in 10-15 years!

Olrik
Olrik

The proponents of AI/robotics technologies that they believe will supplant flesh and blood humans and animals should be liquidated and their ashes used to fertilize our collective farms…

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Just before reading this article yesterday, I stumbled across a very strange (IMO) article from some "news" site. The first half was a blurb about X Files coming back for a brief run. The second half went on about new technology with smart chips in prosthetic arms. First thought that came to my mind was "I gotta get over to VC and see if anyone is talking about this." They really are aiming for a transhumanist spy society, and they really are trying to dupe us into thinking its something we want. Yes, if I lost a limb it would be nice to have a realistic prosthetic to replace it, but there are so many more important things they could sink their time and money into. Such as helping the poor, making sure every person and "unwanted" pet has a home so that homeless and animal shelters aren't overflowing, phasing out gas guzzling vehicles in favor of ones that aren't harmful to the planet. I could go on but in short: these sickos have the ability and resources to really make the world a better place but instead they focus on unnecessary technology, baldness, and maintaining erections. Oh, and weight… Read more »

Look4truthalwyz
Look4truthalwyz

Looked like a SNL skit to me!!! Lol horrible acting.

steve
steve

I mean what the actual f##k!! I laughed incredulously at this. Are you shittin me? A good belt of a shovel is what the creators of this need…future generations….god love them.

Jessica
Jessica

Yay! A spy for my home! It can take video, pictures and follow me around the room. It can record my voice and keep track of my personal messages and when I come and go.

I really hope they come up with extensions that can be placed in every room of the house so that Jibo can follow me into the bathroom and bedroom too!!!

Weeeee! Haveing a robot save is so much fun!

Or….would I be the slave of the robot? mmmmm

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Lmfao "follow me into the bathroom"

Jibo: You aren't Regular enough. Perhaps more fiber in your diet will help.

STEVE-O -_-
STEVE-O -_-

And they will line up out the door to be the first jackass to have one in their home…….are you really surprised? God, the masses are stupid! Lazy parents out there will think it's a great thing too. I dont know whats worse, Spy barbie or this thing….. god help us all! If i ever see a Jibo in a friends home I will certainly take a baseball bat to it!

whitney
whitney

I was lmao at VC comments in this article this time, lol but no, just creepy and unnecessary.

innerspace
innerspace

This jibo thing appears behind the blanket for a split second at 0:56 while the voiceover says "He's an entertainer".

I am not sure exactly what that was about, but it suggested that maybe the people who made this commercial were trying to suggest a sexual relationship between the robot and the human child.

Dana
Dana

Fugggggg NO! This is insane!

Funchal
Funchal

Imagine jibo recording you having sex and sending the video to all your contacts. LOL

Taedei
Taedei

TOO MUCH technology is just disturbing .. Great now robots are taking over smh!

Blind Imbecile
Blind Imbecile

Only a blind imbecile would deny all of the magnificent and wonderful things this new gadget has to offer.

Ms.fit
Ms.fit

HA!

innerspace
innerspace

This is what really happened in the last scene right before the little girl went to sleep:

Jibo – "Good night"

Girl – "Good night, Jibo"

Heart shape appears on Jibo's forehead –

Jibo – "I am the devil. I am always watching you "

Girl looks at Jibo and sees a pair of glowing, red demon eyes.

Jibo – "I am Satan himself."

Child destroys Jibo with a baseball bat.

flordepr
flordepr

Wtf did I just watch…this is like the robin Williams movie bicentennial man….whoa…or that movie with the kid from the 6th sense..where he's the only remaining "human" when the aliens come and visit earth a.I….I feel scared for my children and my children's children and I'm only 27…

Madi
Madi

But, I do agree with you about 1984 coming true…..my dad said so himself it is going to happen and he's right. :/

Brainplague
Brainplague

My mother made sure I read both Animal Farm and 1984 when I was in elementary school (about 1975-1976). Ever since then I've been able to see more and more of his "unintentional" (?) predictions come true. It's so very sad that our parents were correct, isn't it? I wish more people would pass these books onto their children so that they may not become part of the sheeple flock.

Brainplague
Brainplague

My mother made sure I read both Animal Farm and 1984 when I was in elementary school (about 1975-1976). Ever since then I've been able to see more and more of his "unintentional" (?) predictions come true. It's so very sad that our parents were correct, isn't it? I wish more people would pass these books onto their children so that they may not become part of the sheeple flock.

Madi
Madi

Dear goodness!!!!

Bub
Bub

I'm skeptical that the average American would really want one of these things in their home, but I wouldn't have thought that women would be so eager to take so many easily stolen nude photos of themselves with their cell phone camera, so who knows.

consider the source
consider the source

This robot was developed by a person from the MIT Media Lab.

I know for a fact that MIT was involved in stuff related to World War 2 (research, technology, or something like that). I also know that the Athena (linked computers systems) project was one of the things used to bring to fruition the computer networking systems we have today.

Does anyone know anything ELSE coming out of that place that may be related, or about which we should be paying attention?

Define Mania
Define Mania

Are we this lazy??

sound
sound

YES!

NoWeaponWillProsper
NoWeaponWillProsper

This is a country of couch potato, grease gulping, TV zombies. So the answer to your question is yes!

Molly
Molly

Its amazing the amount of people that say 'oh its ok I don't have anything to hide why would the government care about me?' So as long as you don't pose a threat you're happy to share every single aspect of your life with the world because of course the government doesn't care. Oh wait people already do this it's called Facebook…

andrea
andrea

Creepy ass robot. Why do they show him reading the part of the Big Bad Wolf in the story the Three Little Pigs? Looks like a real wolf in sheep's clothing to me!

lion
lion

No matter what they can do, there is always an end. The lion of the tribe of Juda is the king, and they know it. looking at them, God laughs because his reign is without end. Thanks God that I have my eyes opened, and also thank you to VC. HELPING THOSE WHO CAN SEE TO SEE. because some people call it superstition since they are so smart.

Simi61
Simi61

Yes thank you God for opening the eyes of your people! These are the end times! The devil will try to do anything to distract the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Mybusiness
Mybusiness

The natural next step to get people to allow everything about them to be tracked and analyzed to see who is fit to live and who needs a "vaccine" .
Windows is bad enough and I hate to use it but need it for some of my work, anything layered on that is too much.
Between Google and Microsoft the job of the NSA is easy throw in Cable and Telecoms and cell towers and their job is almost done.
Microphones in cars that have on-star and cameras everywhere, do you still think you live outside the test tube?

Apres Ski
Apres Ski

I'm glad VC has once again brought this stuff to our attention. I won't buy this and I'll send our notices to friends about this as well. This is HORRIBLE! It ranks up there with XBox which has a built-in recorder, Samsung TVs have a built-in recording device, that new Barbie that records and talks to your kid and don't forget our cell phones.

This lets us know what NOT to buy.

Thank you VC, job well done!!!

NoWeaponWillProsper
NoWeaponWillProsper

Well this really doesn't surprise me. Everything we do on our devices is already monitored and stored somewhere. New TV's with voice recognition are recording our conversations. Its only a matter of time before we're completely monitored. These are crazy times we are living in, and Its scary to think what the world will be like in 10 years.

Its all part of the divine plan tho. My advice to everybody is to go to Christ while you still have a chance. Time moves by so fast, and in the blink of an eye He'll be back to rescue His church. Besides, life is so much better as a Christian 🙂

Suze
Suze

I would not trust that thing alone with my kids!!

Suze
Suze

Every argument a couple has, every private thing they discuss, every time they are intimate, every time they or the kids are getting dressed….jibo records it all. Does the tinkling piano in the background really cause people to not think about all this??

Bridge
Bridge

Creepy as hell. Who would buy this?

Mick
Mick

Jibo – rhymes with Weebo from Flubber and looks like Eve from Wall-E. See, it's harmless and loveable, like all of your favorite characters from movies and cartoons! (SARCASM)

Alexandra
Alexandra

A quote from Henry Kissinger: Today, America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful!

That can more or less apply to this. First people gripe about spying…now the sheeple are willing to pay to be spied on.

It's near impossible to live off the grid, too. Not to be pessimistic, but I would not be surprised to find there are indeed satellites spying on everyone.

I'm pretty much resigned to the notion that they know everyone's rank, file, and serial number. All anyone can do is rely on God for protection and trust Him.

It's only going to get worse.

~JC~
~JC~

Creepy as FCK. PedoCam2000 smh

thefinder
thefinder

This is something I defo will not buy. It made me angry as well. Can't wait to show this to my friends.

Jim
Jim

There's even more to this. It's not just the fools that actually buy one of these for their home.

What happens when you visit someone's house (or office, or shop) and they've got one of these surveillance devices operating? I assume it will register you as a new individual and then request more information about you either from you or from the owners (slaves) of the gadget.

What about when you try to call someone who has one? Apparently, it will recognise you and log your call.

Where does it store it's information? In the "oh-so-secure" cloud? How long does it keep that information? I would assume that the manufacturers EULA provides for full access to all your information in order to "improve their service".

Could somebody please stop the planet. I'd like to get off.

ann
ann

Oh my…
I didn't even THINK of the ramifications when simply calling or visiting a friend with this little piece of plastic machine.

I like the claw hammer comment more n more.

frdmntrth
frdmntrth

Spot on, Jim!

michelle
michelle

The bedtime story part gave me goosebumps. They are basically telling you that you are going to be buying yourself a whole lot of trouble! You have been warned.

Death2Elite
Death2Elite

Well the Elite can kiss my rear end I'm not putting this garbage in my home!

anonymous
anonymous

I thought the ad was a joke… like when you are watching Saturday Night Live, and suddenly an ad appears, but it is really a comedy skit. I laughed through the whole thing. They can't be serious. This robot is ridiculous!! No one will ever buy this. Big Brother is watching you. Maybe they should call it Little Brother.

Pest
Pest

Believe it or not, there will be people that buy that thing. Especially those who love to share their selfies online.

Awake
Awake

Sadly MANY poeple would buy this, just take a look at the comments on youtube.. :/

Monsieur Reynard
Monsieur Reynard

Nothing, that a good claw hammer couldn't fix ?

Alexandra
Alexandra

Something for Gallagher to smash with his sledge hammer. (Yes I'm that old.)

Agent Smith
Agent Smith

To all of you wondering how many people would buy this "thing", just take a look at the number of youtube comments of people wanting to buy it.
Yeah, people are willing to pay for it and be spied on.
Smart.

Pest
Pest

It will be bought by the same people who love to make selfies and photos of their food and share those online.

Agent Smith
Agent Smith

And they are plenty.
Don't be afraid of ghosts, be afraid of stupidity.

LouieZ
LouieZ

i remember one episode from the simpsons. it says Gabbo is Coming.. Gabbo is a robot/puppet that has a sort of life on its own but its being powered by a ventriloquist. if u would watch the whole thing, you'll be amazed by some similarities and ridiculousness ..

Funchal
Funchal

It's based on a film with the same name from the 30's. maybe they were way ahead that what we imagined.

Pest
Pest

Thought as well that the commercial was a parody or a student film. That whole thing reminds me of those horror movies that have some kind of toy or technology in it. At the beginning everything seems fine and usually there are few people that know the truth(and are usually outcasts from the other people who love the item)and then later in those movies, the true horror appears.

The scary thing is how often those movies actually tell the truth, but people are too stupid to see it coming, or are so brain washed that they learned to love that kind of stuff. Or they think "it is just a movie, it can't happen!".

I wouldn't want this creepy looking thing in my house, even if I get payed for it. I don't even think it looks cute. I find it creepy as hell(one single glowing eye).

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

"Movies actually tell the truth, but people are too stupid to see it" Many of them do, subconsciously. Lots of people say "I've seen way too many horror movies to fall for that!" in regards to various things.

Strike3
Strike3

The cutesy little bot that smiles, gives hearts and practically purrs at yo, how "human" of it! They are making this thing appealing on the surface to hide what lies beneath. Not only fool the stupid adults into acceptance of this type of insidious technology but train the children so they are fully accepting when they are grown. This thing will become a surrogate "friend" for the lonely and for the child with the absentee, neglectful parent No having to fight with people to accept hated CCTV cameras and such. The next upgrade will be able to give vaccinations to the entire family right in the comfort of their own home!

sound
sound

Re: the movie "HER."

Anna
Anna

Creepy…
But the "How much fluoride-laced toothpaste do you need to swallow before you start saying “Heeyyy buddy” to a machine?" part made me laugh so hard
Thanks for your sense of humor
God bless you VC

cognitive dissonance
cognitive dissonance

Meanwhile your house is wired up to Time Warner Cable, allowing you to access your washing machine from the road, watch your children playing from the office, lock and unlock your doors all via the world wide web. I've never felt more secure.

sound
sound

A few years ago I had to buy a new washer. I thought this would be a perfect time to consider a new "Smart Energy/Energy Star" model. Until I started getting information about what this "smart energy /energy star" business REALLY leads to. Like cog.dis. said, it starts off sounding useful, as in saving energy and paying less on your bills. Then it morphs into a HAL like existence of "I'm sorry, but I can't allow you do wash your dirty socks now. You will use too much energy at this time of day. Please try again tomorrow." Sounds really nice, until you understand the plan is to CONTROL the use private use of energy based on the whims of a government establishment. Not because of some energy crisis, unless, you TOO believe it is a crisis that people should be able to use electric devices at all, but because selfish 1st worlders need to be poor and destitute like the rest of the world. Notice how "GETTING ENERGY TO ALL" never enters this conversation — THAT is too taxing on the environment. (notice also that who will be deciding what's too much and too taxing) SURE, I know it… Read more »

guest
guest

I can hardly wait for the Mad magazine parody of Jibo

Alexandra
Alexandra

What, me worry? LOL!

surfercajun
surfercajun

wow… watched the add… and found it at best….unnerving.

not rock bottom yet
not rock bottom yet

Saw this on youtube from one of the commenters on the new "SPY ON ME" Barbie VC article. Some one need a new text speak — SMH just doesn't cut it any more. Is there one saying "only the gullible need apply" ? WAY back in the day of the dueling talk TV shows (montel, sally jessie, pre-fight jerry springer, tempest, etc) a relative told me they specifically got audiences that would clap at ANYTHING. Being young, I didn't believe, until I SAW for myself the audience clapping for the most inanely, inappropriate, and down right harmful responses one of the interviewees made. Had I NOT seen that episode back then, I would have said "no one would be that stupid" to bring that piece of "right of privacy" invading, two faced, tattle-telling, think it's too cute, overpriced, blitzkrieg into their home. But now that there is there's Wii, and all the other game console units that do similar things, facebook, twitter, etc, that TELL YOU (in fine print) they do that already on everyone's omnipresent phones, tablets, laptops, wearable digital whatevers, and people on youtube practically begging to get the first one, I can honestly say I should have… Read more »

Alexandra
Alexandra

I refuse to get any gaming consoles. I dumped Facebook a few years back and I have a Twitter account primarily for devotionals and weather. I also do not have cable or satellite. If my son watches TV it's a DVD.

I have a cellphone that's not a smartphone (though that probably doesn't even matter).

I play Sims 2 and Sims 3 and with Sims 3 I refuse to be online at the same time. There's a feature in one expansion where you can use the Internet to send a Sim "on tour" and I just don't do it. Oh, and the way I play Sims…NWO-types would have a fit (no "gay marriage" or any of that nonsense is allowed in my game). I play to relax, not "stay connected" with people I wouldn't even know from Adam. (No, I don't have any Katy Perry stuff for my Sims games.)

Ms.fit
Ms.fit

Have you seen Idiocracy? It's a humorous look at the grimm future of society.

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Idiocracy is one of the best social commentaries in the form of a movie I've ever seen! One of my favorites!

beaberean2
beaberean2

Before Jibo there was XBox "Kinect" (a biometric camera and voice recognition system allegedly developed for interactive gaming) which is now integrated as part of XBox "One." It is also a 24/7 surveillance device with voice and facial recognition and full biometric profiles.

Amazon is also not getting left out of the game. They are in Beta test with their new "Echo" device which also masquerades as a hands-free home help device. http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo/ref_=ods_dp_ae

And I don't know if anyone else has noticed how nearly every Costco coupon mailer and e-mail has a ubiquitous ad for "home security" systems with 8, no 16, no 32 HD infrared cameras, tied to a DVR, tied to the internet – which is strictly for home and business security, of course.

DARPA first sought vendors for such systems almost a decade ago; now they have dozens of heavy hitters, all coming online – all accessible by NSA through backdoor spy-tech. This new tech is being sold ridiculously cheap – but the joke is on the consumer who does not realize they are the ones giving Big Brother a "free install."

Welcome to 1984.

Ms.fit
Ms.fit

I'm glad someone mentioned this, a friend has one, we always cover the camera

KPR
KPR

Great point on the plethora of security cameras. Where do all these frightened fools put their cameras? They must have them in every room and doorway of their home, plus more outside. How paranoid must one be to nervously look at camera images every time the home makes a creak with its settling.

And the bozos call us awake folk 'paranoid conspiracy nuts'.

Jeez.

Marozia
Marozia

Why waste your money on this crap when the FBI/CIA/ASIO/BI already know what you're doing?
They want your deepest, darkest fears and desires to put in our already bulging dossiers.
Surprise, surprise….I showed this to my dad, and even he thought it was ridiculous!!
Yeah…I know…I got my dad reading VC!!

ann
ann

I'm afraid my ten yr old is going to watch it and want one… like that damn barbie.
And she is a pint size half educated/ half sheeple being. Its the blind all around her that keep shrugging these inventions off.

JRS
JRS

Everything seemed very flat and forced…bad acting. Yeah it seems nice to have a hands-free voice activated product, but not at the expense of my privacy. And bonding with an inanimate object? That's a sign of autism.

Laurens
Laurens

Sign of autism…..lol, you made me laugh out loud

ukiriki
ukiriki

Nice to see autism getting thrown around as an insult and a joke on here…..

Jill
Jill

Why is it nice how can you be so heartless. Are you one of those people that want population control, and want most of the population dead. What has happened to my son is the worse thing any parent can go through. I feel like my son is dead even though he is physically not dead. He suffers every day of his life, and since he has I'm sure God will give him a life that he lost here.

Jill
Jill

No it is not a sign of autism my son would easily break a device like this. It would be thrown around the room until it broke it a thousand pieces. Not all autistic kids are attracted to this junk that people want to make believe is a friend.

frdmntrth
frdmntrth

The road to hell is paved with safety and convenience.

carnaptious
carnaptious

This is yet another hi-tech POS it will be easy to do without, so the next step is for our so called "leaders" to make Jibo, or a similar device, a requirement in every home, school or office, much like smart-meters. After all, "There's nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide."

Anna
Anna

Being surrounded by cameras is like being surrounded with people who don't like you at home, at work, on the street. It's like living in small town. Children who grow up with sisters and brothers sometimes feel like this. Of course, we can survive this. Of course we will try to avoid this.

JohnnyUtah
JohnnyUtah

thats a horrible analog

AgainstSurveillance
AgainstSurveillance

It looks like HAL had a robo baby with that white (girl?) robot from Wall-E.
And, the really weird part…why don't they give it 2 eyes if they want to make it 'personable'? It wouldnt hurt production costs at all. I don't trust anything with more or less than 2 eyes (computers, spiders, etc.).

weiner robot
weiner robot

girl robot? robots dont have gender

jibo
jibo

And…it's one "all-seeing" eye!

sarah
sarah

I saw this in a comment on youre article about barbie, then went on to find out about Amazon echo, which is equally disturbing. And now I want even more to just not be a part of this world anymore, to go live in the middle of no where to raise my kids with none of this technology, and a genuine love for the Lord. It is a scary time we are living in indeed.

Alexandra
Alexandra

I live near the Amish myself. Maybe it's time to join them.

Nowoolovermyeyes
Nowoolovermyeyes

Interesting that they chose that bed time story in the ad instead of much sweeter possibly more inviting " Goodnight Moon" story. You cant make any scary faces with goodnight moon. And i would not be ok with it in the kids bed room. Maybe its a good thing i dont live in an area that has internet access.

Nowoolovermyeyes
Nowoolovermyeyes

Extended: they even played the let me in or i will huff and puff and blow your house in. Like they will happily allow you to get one on your own, but for the ones that refuse eventually when there is a police state, they will force jibo into your home.

Non importante
Non importante

Yup there's the wolf in case there was any doubt.

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

The "face" Jibo made on the screen…the whole scene in general… was the creepiest part. The ad and the product are disturbing, but that part alone was just plain wrong.

KMD
KMD

Several years go there was a product came that was a child monitoring device, you could place it in the baby's room. This would broadcast to your cell phone or other selected electrical device in the house. It was great for monitoring the child in case there was a problem. It also came with a warning that one should use caution about what they said or did in its pickup area. This machine did broadcast and the signal could be picked nearly a block away. Could JIBO broadcast the same way?

This is crazy
This is crazy

JIBO would definitely be hackable because it's connecting to your email and voicemail, so it would have to be WiFi connected. Ergo – hackable!

fleurdamour
fleurdamour

I read a news story about how paedophiles loved those wired child monitors, because they could hack into them and watch/interact with small children.

Snsanty
Snsanty

That'll be hilarious if a bunch of terrorists sit around discussing their latest jihad plan and old jibo alerts pig brother. Ain't gonna happen!

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Jihads (for lack of a better collective term) aren't going to buy such a product. They aren't that stupid.

4nonymou5
4nonymou5

Yeah things just get sicker and weirder by the day. They manage to push the boundaries of privacy with each new gadget, app and gimmick. Why? Because we allow it collectively.

Snsanty
Snsanty

Betcha that thing records kids getting dressed and sends the pic to the pedos at the pentagon and other demonic groups!

UmmChummu
UmmChummu

That's horribly unsettling!

Ms Smith
Ms Smith

Creepy and sick!

Nick
Nick

This will end up like those dumb ass wrist computers. I can't see any use for these things any more than those overly priced expensive 4K TVs. WTF? Imagine stripping in front of this f*&kbot and having your picture emailed to another fkbot down the street. How about your neighbour hacking into your bot and seeing what's in the room so that when you're on holidays there's some mighty fine pickins next door.

GirlAfraid
GirlAfraid

Gooooood point! Wow. Seriously alarming stuff here. Or, worse yet, imagine forgetting that this 'harmless", "friendly" little robot was in the corner of the room or something when you and your partner are, for lack of a better term, sharing an 'intimate' moment… God knows where that footage goes, is stored, or who it is seen by. Not to mention, as Nick pointed out, the possibility of this stuff getting hacked… The robbery issue is something else of massive concern. And, while I don't have kids, have we really reached a day and age where robots are being supplemented for human interaction i.e. being used for story time, which, regardless of how busy a couple or parent is, should remain something that is 100% in said caregiver's role. There is no monitoring of content, and despite what the 'supplemental' material says on it's cover about the content inside, you have no idea what hidden agenda is sneakily imbedded within… People put too much faith in things just b/c they assume the message is safe, the intent is good, or it's an example of technological advancement. We have to stop becoming complacent and start questioning. Final gripe: Not ONE of these… Read more »

Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

The nannycams are creepy, but they have also exposed a lot of horrible people who should never be allowed around children. Generally I avoid those videos that go viral on fb since they're too upsetting, but I was recently shown the one (everyone seems to be calling it "the black nanny") where she starts off b****slapping a baby, forcefeeding it until it vomits, then shoves the baby on the ground, kicking it across the floor, stomping it repeatedly. (Sorry I keep calling the baby " it", but a one year old in a diaper is often hard to determine the gender) I cried, terrified she was going to beat the poor dear to death. Especially when she went into another room, still being vicious with the terrified child. Yes, babies can be frustrating, but how can anyone be that brutal? And if she hates kids so much, why be a nanny? If she was that desperate for money under the table, walk dogs, clean houses, anything but childcare. Anyway, apparently that horrible woman is now in jail for a long time (possibly for life) thanks to that video. If it wasn't for the nannycam, she'd be free to terrorize and… Read more »

Dina
Dina

I highly agree with Nannycams..they keep people honest and seriously I've read a lot of the comments on here and I'm just laughing because there's a lot of paranoia on here. A lot of people seem to think they are very important and that everything they do is something to be observed? Sorry you're probably not that important and if people wanted to spy on you they're probably already doing it. A little robot really isn't gonna do anything more than what the computer you're typing on is or the cell phone you use.

dresspuss
dresspuss

A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality that is contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the police state dictatorship it is going to get.

—Ian Williams Goddard

Nick
Nick

Deserves??

ghost
ghost

Yes, DESERVES. Because they have chosen to be ignorant instead of educating themselves. There is NO excuse with the wealth of information that's out there.

frdmntrth
frdmntrth

Sad, but so very true.

Xavier7851
Xavier7851

The amount self-righteous BS on this site is just too damn high. Instead of bitching, how about making more of an effort to actually educate people about this stuff?

frdmntrth
frdmntrth

I do, everyday, to everyone I possibly can. I'm glad you are here, though, one less person getting sucked into the deep hole of amnesia, abulia, and apathy. Peace, friend.

Anna
Anna

Conspiracy theories are considered to be pseudoscience so we can't openly educate people with them. But we can have such sites and talk to the people as private persons with private opinion.

ann
ann

You can explain, show with visual aids, display documented truths of our lovely society…

And STILL there are so many that just don't get it – or just don't want to see it.
Its amazing.
I'm dumbfounded at the amount of sheeple in this world.

Can't preach Xavier about NOT doing anything… when in reality people who need educated live with their eyes and ears closed.

Awake
Awake

Try talking to people about this, and they'll consider you a complete moron…
People don't want to believe this, they WANT to stay asleep, it's just so much more comfortable!

ann
ann

That's what boggles my mind Awake.

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Thy Unveiling
Thy Unveiling

Its probably because the truth sounds crazy. Pretty much everything we like is evil and symbolic of horrible things. There's a giant, intricate conspiracy against the majority of humans. McDonalds has secret kitchens where they sacrifice babies. It all sounds absolutely insane! Surely you had a hard time believing it a one point, too.

We can't say the world DESERVES to live in an Orwellian prediction just because the truth is hard to swallow.

I recall a commenter in a different article saying she'd bought a Smart TV, unaware it was spying on her (or him) We can't say s/he "deserves" to be spied on.

Also, "those who choose to be uneducated" living in a police state means WE will be, too. Unless we set up a secret hobbit hole society for ourselves.

LLLL
LLLL

AThe the people of this companu serious?! Well duh obviously, but that's beside the point. This product is only about surveillance and spying. Literally everyrhing that this dumb robot does, you can just do by yourself. I can flip a light switch on, i don't need Jibo to freakin do it for me nor do i want it to take pictures of me, remind me that i need to pick someone up and especially read bed time stories to my child and tell them that it loves them. Last time i checked, a souless, heartless piece of machinery can't express real emotions no matter how much high tech programming is placed in it. It's still just a bunch of wires and electricity. Waste of money, waste of time, and a demonic device. No thank you!

Carina
Carina

The family bonding non-sense is the worst and most ridiculous. We are already using too much technology to pretend we are "connecting", all the while losing depth in our relationships. Tell me how a machine reading to your child compares to mamma doing it, how the heart on the silly screen compares to daddy's goodnight kiss! How a machine "knowing" you and saying hello to you on arrival compares to having a REAL person asking "How was your day?".
I am no technophobe but this is far too much!

nwNO!
nwNO!

A government doesn't spend over a billion dollars on an NSA spy centre to sit vacant. Time to put this satanic system to work (sarcasm). Anyone who sees this as a benevolent tool is a completely naive moron. These are truly troubling times we are living in.

Veritas
Veritas

This product doesn't even really do anything but spy on you. The only ones who are going to buy this POS are the sheeples of the world. We truly do live in 1984. I think Orwell is like a Nostradamus, he predicted all of this.

Anna
Anna

I think Orwell was one of them.

KPR
KPR

Then they're gonna sell one hell of a lot of 'em.

Kayyyy
Kayyyy

Orwell didn't predict anything. He was writing about the times he was living in. This has been the way things have been going for a very long time, it's just taken a while for some of us to wake up to it. Look into WWII propaganda.

Truth & Light
Truth & Light

why waste your money?

Fred
Fred

…and then it ends with "JIBO: This little Bot of mine" which is a jab at the Christian kid's song "This little light of mine"

I watched that and "Noped" all the way through…

Mike
Mike

Great observance, Fred!

Nowoolovermyeyes
Nowoolovermyeyes

I thought he said that at the end. And i was like why does that sound unsettling? Then i read you comment. Thanks for catching that.

Jill
Jill

It should sound like this: "This little bot of mine, I'm gonna let it spy"
Creepy little thing!

Fernando
Fernando

Oh, you Christians. You're here allegedly fighting against this satanist ideology occurring in USA whiles thousands of Christians are being murdered everyday in the Muslim world. This place is all about information and ideology but religion is an ideology itself. So better work for saving your fellow Christians if you really love that idea of God you have. Humanism is what this place called Earth needs; 'cause everyone can believe whatever he or she likes in a modern democracy but no one can prove the existence of life after death. Evil and good exist in this reality, your reality; embrace it and aspire to transform it into a good place for every human being (or son of God).

chrisnajar
chrisnajar

Is there anyone stupid enough to buy one of these things for his living room?

Here is what the woman in the ad says in the end:

"let's work together, to make Jibo truly great, and together we can humanize technology"

Why?

Why do "we" have to "work together"?

Is the company going to share their profit with me? Why should I promote this crap, spread the word and tell others to "humanize technology"?

This is irony right in front of you. They are asking you to submit yourself to this new "toy" and trying to sell you the idea that this little monster is something that you need in your home.

NONE OF US NEEDS THIS TOOL OF SATAN ANYWHERE NEAR PEOPLE.

Jim
Jim

To answer your first question. Yes there are millions of people stupid enough to buy one of these. Why do you think they created it in the first place. Advertise it to children. Parents are already trained to get their children what ever they insist on having. How many people bought the Xbox one spybox?

Jibo=Creepo
Jibo=Creepo

Amen to that!

ann
ann

I second that!
And second Jibo-Creepo's -Amen to that.
Sad I know people who will buy this.

Sad, sad world.

gary h.
gary h.

exactly my thoughts chris n a jar..wait till they put a body on it..the p********s & sickos that "can't get any" in the real world will have their virtual day in the hazy sun [-30% sunshine/light from chemtrails]..and when the rest of Jibo's body is attached? little cute Jibo becomes Miss, Mrs,or Mr. Jibo, or Miss or Mr. baby Jibo, or little Miss or Mr. child Jibo with genitalia & once arms are attached,Jibo becomes the family security system,as Jibo will surely be able to fend off burglers, & fire a weapon, keeping the family soooo safe. .& then the military will be interested[if this isn't a creation of the military industrial complex already]..where does & when does all this end?..the final tribulation end of days,& the return of our lord & savior Jesus Christ hopefully..this morbidly obese bowling pin, is surely part & parcel of their satanic NWO survelence grid obviously not anything the creator would approve of..in fact, just the opposite!,& why we earthly beings have friends,family,& neighbors,so a little monster like Jibo is never needed by anyone,anytime, nor anywhere… Jibo though is perfect for the every day American slacker,couch potato too dam lazy to get off the… Read more »

Dina
Dina

Tool of Satan? Why would you think this is a tool of satan? lol

Koliver
Koliver

I would really love to SLAP her patronizing face.

Dina
Dina

Whats patronizing about her face?

Amy
Amy

Already in your living room. And in your hands. Your TV. Your phone. This is just distraction, making us angry over something it's too late to be angry about. It's all happened already. We really are asleep.

Charlie
Charlie

well I'll answer just your first question…there are lots of people stupid enough to buy one of those..just think about all the people who bought a smartphone which can track you anywhere in the world, can collect your fingerprints, can be a recorder device of your conversation, where you write all your appointments and contacts, which have also a camera that can be switched on in any moment…can you imagine that "old and normal" mobile phones can be used to spy on conversations and locations even when they are off if the battery is still in?
I think that this is the answer to your question…
there are a lot of people who don't understand what it is truly happening in the world…
sad but true

Baron
Baron

"let's work together, to make Jibo truly great, and together we can humanize technology" "Why? Why do "we" have to "work together"? We have to work together to accept Satanism which is represented in this machine by the words used in the advertisement which talk about an integration of machine with humans. The evidence that it is a work of Satantanic Design isn't so much that it's a robot, because frankly it isn't much of a robot, hardly one at all, but that the advertisement itself tells you it is Satanic because what it seeks to do is to replicate Gods' all seeing, all knowing. God, creator of the Universe we know is said to know all things in his domain, of which we are part of, and yet again what is representative of God but the light, both of which this object seeks to mimic. Whereas a robot is a mechanical who's purpose is to assist and to labor in tasks which waste our time. This device actually does the reverse and wastes your time while watching you constantly, and only a fool would be so clueless as to think that the joking comments about the massive corporate spy… Read more »

Brinda
Brinda

There are some things a girl does in the night that this fracker does not need to see.

mom the menacer
mom the menacer

"All the while, Jibo is being the family snitch, gathering data about everybody and sending it God knows where." -hilarious… I've been exposed to youtube conspiracies and reading your articles all day. I'm not one to usually comment but the idea of a "family" robot is all too scary….I imagine myself, already an apple zombie-ipad, macbook,iphone,iphone watch and literally being a consumer of this product. It's catchy, its personable…BUT ITS JUST NOT RIGHT…it's creepy…I want my privacy…I want want this lil robot in my business, in my home or in any existence…

T. Olivar
T. Olivar

I admit that I'm very much interested in robotics and I might just buy one. But the first thing I would do in put a couple of "KILL" switches in it. One switch for system power and the second to to totally dis-able the Wi-Fi and Internet feature/function, so it could not be turned-on or accessed by an outside source.

Uh OH!
Uh OH!

maker of gibo, Breazeal… sounds like the name of a demon!