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Beam Pro – definitely the creepiest vision of the future of the office you’ll see this week

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Did you ever catch Bruce Willis in Surrogates? The movie about humans who interact via perfectly formed surrogate robots? Well that may have been an entertaining concept, but we think that the reality could be so much more creepy.Really.

This Beam Pro product is a good indication of what it might be like to live in a world where we all interact at work through mobile robots which schmooze around the office while we’re somewhere far away. Maybe up in Elysium?

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It’s probably the really gruesome video with the predatory boss stalking the corridors with her surrogate robot that gives us the willies. It’s bad enough having to deal with someone in flesh and blood, but having to engage in earnest chat with an LCD screen on wheels is probably the worst.

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What’s really striking about the video is how logical it all seems. If the technology is working to this sophistication already, it’s definitely not going to be long until we have entire office buildings staffed with little robots, running around greeting each other in the elevator and hanging out round the water cooler. But then who’s going to be doing the actual work?

And the price of each robot starts at $16,000? Sign us up, Doctor. But this video? Aargh…

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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