It was thanks to their meticulous attention to detail while inspecting Sony’s quarterly earnings report last week that the fellas at Akihabaranews.com were able to uncover Sony’s plans to put the Aibo to sleep. Even though Sony went public with their decision previous to the Akibaranews discovery in a press conference held in Japan about their earnings, it wasn’t until Akihabaranews reported their findings that word spread rapidly online, disappointing Aibo owners, robot enthusiasts, and tech dreamers alike. Today Akihabaranews.com reports that a group of French Aibo owners have started an online petition in an attempt to keep the platform alive, or at the very least, let Sony know how much this shortsighted decision affected not only Aibo owners, but others as well.
From the petition:
Following the brutal advertisement of Sony to stop the developments for Aibo and Qrio, its two general public robots, the signatories want to express by this petition to the Sony group their surprise and their very great disappointment. We wish this decision provisional and hope that the Aibo project does not remain without a future.
Indeed, beyond the ludic aspect of this robotic dog, Aibo is a tremendous dream carrying future, a symbol which shows that robots can be more than science-fiction concepts or simple tools. Aibo is conceived to be attaching and Sony, through this machine, concretized the dream to see machines and humans to cohabit; it showed that human engineering can make beautiful things at one time when many doubt science and progress. Through this petition we also say no to the diktat of finance which chokes the dream with the profit of some and we ask Sony to continue the Aibo adventure and to reconsider his decision
Cyril et Techno.
I am in agreement with Akihabaranews.com that this petition will unlikely do anything to change Sony’s mind. I do not own an Aibo but certainly was interested in purchasing one. Even though it was probably in vain, I signed my name.