Robots are the future, beginning in our homes

The Betterhalf is a very good housekeeper, but a year ago she told me she was going to purchase an “IRobotic Roomba.” At first I thought I misunderstood her and she had decided to take dance lessons. However, deeper into the conversation I realized she wasn’t talking about Rumba dancing, she had in mind a robotic vacuum cleaner.
Over the year I became accustomed to the robot moving throughout the family room while I was in the easy chair reading the newspaper. I even found some amusement as it randomly bounced from wall to wall; went under the coffee table; and even worked its way out after momentarily getting trapped in corners or among furniture legs. Several times I found myself distracted; put down my reading of the newspaper; and caught myself being entertained by the antics of the robot.
Well, this robot now has apparently become a member of the family. I entered our home on a recent morning and heard the Betterhalf talking. I questioned her who she was talking to. “It’s my ‘Little Guy,’” she told me.
I looked around the room and spotted the hard-working robot who she now has named, “Little Guy.”
It’s apparent there’s going to be lots of ‘Little Guys’ in American households. Just as robots have replaced many industrial human assembly-line employees, it was announced a trend where robots are now assisting with open house duties in the showing of homes that are for sale. With a little imagination you can see a lots of humans will be doing the robot Roomba in the future.
The Betterhalf chided me for my routine of eating a bowl of oatmeal every day for breakfast. I countered her remark by telling her lots of people eat oatmeal regularly for breakfast. She answered with the stinging remark, “Yeah . . . lots of old people!”
In a courtroom during a murder trial an attorney was trying to question the detective who conducted the investigation. “So this woman shot her husband at close range with this pistol?”
“Are there any powder marks on the man?”
“Yes, that’s why she shot him.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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