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The Jibo home robot just sang its own death knell

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Ignored in life, not celebrated in death. It’s time to say goodbye to the robot everyone has already forgotten about. 

The Jibo home assistant — think of it as a cuter Amazon Echo without all the features — just announced its own retirement to bewildered owners around the world. The smart speaker, introduced to technology enthusiasts back in 2014, was meant to usher in an era of “social robots.” Instead, in the form of a message broadcast to customers, it said it would mostly cease to function after its servers are turned off. 

Videos of the news were posted to the Facebook Jibo owners group on March 1, and later shared on Twitter.  Read more…

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