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$900 Robot Commits Adorable Seppuku, Showing Again How In The Modern Era You Don't Own What You Buy

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Mar 15, 2019 4:39 PM 1+ mon ago

$900 Robot Commits Adorable Seppuku, Showing Again How In The Modern Era You Dont Own What You Buy

Here at Techdirt we've talked a lot about how in the modern, internet-connected era, you don't really own the things you buy. For over a decade we've shown how your digital books, music, or films can simply and quickly disappear without much recourse. The game console you've bought can be suddenly and mysteriously downgraded via firmware update, leaving you with a product that actually does less than the one you bought. And more and more frequently, companies are going further and completely bricking products they no longer want to support, leaving consumers with a pricey paperweight.

The latest case in point: many consumers shelled out upwards of $900 for a twelve-inch tall "social" robot by the name of Jibo. Started as a research project at MIT, Jibo was crowdfunded then marketed as the "the first social robot for the home." First ...

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