30 Day Writing & Image Challenge, Parenting & Motherhood, Psychology & Musings

Day 8: The Baby and the Robot

The first time we introduced our son to ‘Roomba’, I thought he was going to run up my husband’s trouser leg. He scrambled across the floor like a spider trying to escape a glass cupping.

Since then, he hasn’t exactly become fond of the little robot, but they do seem to have come to some kind of ‘understanding’. Now he watches it cruise across the floor with what I’d call ‘considered trepidation’ waiting for it to come closer before he pushes it away from his legs, with a forceful grunt, just in case it tries any funny business.

What is this thing?

I often wonder what he thinks this object whizzing around our kitchen is doing; I guess, to him, this is a normal part of family life. I imagine that’s exactly what I thought when I saw my mum pushing a stand up vacuum cleaner around our kitchen when I was a child; only this one appears to have a mind of its own. I can only assume that he believes it’s one of his toys rather than a device that holds a useful purpose. Either way, it saves me sweeping the floor so I’m all for it.

Robot invasion??

I feel like, as he gets older, Roomba will become one of his friends; like a pet or a teddy bear, something with which he holds memories and shared experiences. Is that crazy?! It’s almost like Roomba has become a member of our family. I can see him introducing it to his friends and involving it in games of ‘pretend kitchen’ or ‘pretend afternoon tea’ where him, his friends and Roomba are sat in a circle sharing cups of imaginary tea.

OK, as I write this I know I sound ridiculous, but robots are becoming commonplace enough in our lives that I can’t help think this is the future. If you believe the Daily Mail, which well, is your lifestyle choice, robots and humans will be having babies within the next 100 years! I also watched a film recently called Ex Machina. If you haven’t seen it I won’t spoil it for you, but, let’s put it this way, I’m not much of a film watcher and we watched that a good couple of months ago and it’s stayed with me. Robots are becoming just a bit too intelligent for my liking!

Robot games

I wonder how long it will be before my son figures out this little trick…  The absolute bonus here is the baby is collecting any dust the robot’s missed. I wonder if they’ll come up with one that can clean toilets. Now that would be a life changer.

It seems we’re not the only ones that have discovered the joy of babies and their robot friends; many families have discovered the joy of babies and Roombas sharing life experiences…

I joke, but in all seriousness, where is technology taking us? First DIY vacuum cleaners, next robots and human making hybrid babies??! I don’t know about you, but I think I prefer hybrid technology stick to cars, not humans.

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