T. H. O. R. (Story #3)
The release of the groundbreaking new robot T. H. O. R. (Tiny Heuristic Obnoxious Robot) has caused a few problems in the community of robotmakers. For one thing, some say it is not exactly original, as most robots are very heuristic. However, the obnoxious aspect of it, spouting “I DOWANNNIT” and “MINE, MINE!”, is a new idea in the field of robotics. Its impracticality is very unique, and another problem for robotics enthusiasts. Who would want to buy something that only runs around pressing buttons and being cute and annoying? “It’s not even small enough to be a medical robot!” says Dr. Niit Piquer from the IoTA(AP)R (Institute of Totally Awesome (And Practical) Robots) in France. He also says that the whole project is a total waste of robotics talent. However, most roboticists disagree, saying there was no talent wasted; the team of the project just has no talent whatsoever.
The rare lovers of the robot say its good qualities include cuteness and huggableness. We spoke with Dr. Carolina Rochita from the IoFWR (Institute of Fantastically Wonderful Robots) who says:”This robot is a great anti-pregnancy tool! It’ll be better than any propaganda! However, its cuteness could detract from the experience.”
Can you buy it now? Well, “released” apparently means “finished” as the creators simply say “Yup, it’s done”. Their website is very poorly done and has about 10 words on it. You could even imagine something is getting in the way of their work, even keeping them up at night…hmm, I wonder.