Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Roomba With a Viewpoint

From a conversation in my office earlier today:

Me: "... not that I'm prejudiced against robots." 
Another editor: "Wait until they make you kneel down before them after the revolution."

My coworker and I were talking about whether typical news site readers would appreciate -- or even recognize -- the difference between a collection of selected user comments chosen by an editor rather than an algorithm. The consensus in our meeting of journalists, social media experts and designers was, yes, the readers probably could tell -- but maybe we were just whistling past the recycling bin.

We also imagined a John Henry-like contest to see if we're right.

As for the robot revolution, THAT is just a matter of time.

(Image above by Thomas Vogel via iStock.)

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