h a l f b a k e r y
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This device would consist of an AI chatterbot with a face
capable of moving the mouth in line with the words it says
and making expressions. It would have a speaker in the back
and could be hung on the outside of a door where a knocker
usually is. It would attempt to converse with anyone nearing
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||I thought this was "Al greeter", as in an older guy in a
blue vest, who's mother calls him Albert, who smiles
at me when I go into Wal-Mart.
||Artificial Intelligence isn't quite at this point, and
technology close to this isn't of the type you would
risk leaving hung to an outside door.
||One could dress the chatterbot as a kung fu warrior and enable it to speak appropriately. Some mismatch between mouth movements and words emitted would then be appropriate.
||[Cedar_Park] It doesn't have to work well -- just well enough
to amuse your friends, and/or creep out unwanted visitors.
The major problem is that you'd have a crowd outside your
front door all the time playing with it. Perhaps best for an
apartment, where the general public doesn't have access.
||AI? *reads* instabun for you