“JIBO isn't an appliance, it's a companion, one that can interact and react with its human owners in ways that delight.“
Your smart phone's surveillance capabilities to track your whereabouts and contacts and conversations and photos and docs you shared is about to be FLATTENED by JIBO.
The "family companion" Jibo robot is ready to interact with and record everything about you and your family, snapping photos, tracking specific people, keeping tabs on daily habits and patterns and interactions, birthdays, friends, relatives, foods, bedtimes, illnesses, pets, thoughts. Your smart phone could not keep up. Your laptop is left in the dust.
This cute little "family member" will keep mom company while she bakes bread and play the children bedtime stories and tuck them in. "He" or "she" will likely communicate with smart appliances and utility meters and be able to monitor and schedule every aspect of your life, energy use, food choices, work, etc.
But by any other name would the Jibo be as creepy?"Jibo" (the adjective) means "really freakin' cool." As a noun, the word Jibo means weed (cannabis) in eastern Switzerland. Wow, great name for a family companion...
Corporations will love Jibo providing up-to-the-minute consumer information so they can market more stuff to your family. And Jibos will be the hackers' dream. Criminals could scoop up your data from the wireless signals, or by kidnapping your companion "bot."
Of course, Jibo's life-blood is wireless radiation from a home network or wifi system. Most people currently accept wireless because they have not heard about the biological damage from radiofrequency radiation. And the Jibo will not be programmed to warn anyone either, for that would be the end of Jibo!
A Jibo could be the biggest data collector a person might ever "invite" into their home - (topped only by the IRS?) In the Big Picture, this is a seemingly benign step in the push for computers to take over human brain functions, which would render people helpless without their computers to remember things for them. A "smart house" will interface with smaller components, such as the Jibo. Science fiction about this type of situation does not usually end well.