Demo effect, by Honda

Someone recently shared with me an interesting quote from Immanuel Kant:

Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made
(German original: Aus so krummem Holze, als woraus der Mensch gemacht ist, kann nichts ganz Gerades gezimmert werden)

It looks like robots are not the solution to this particular problem:

A particular variant of Murphy’s law states that a demonstration’s probability of failure is directly proportional to the size of the audience. Since such a probability quickly exceeds one (unless you use super-advanced mathematics, that is), failure almost never fails:

I wonder if the presence of a camcorder measurably improves the rate of failure…

This cruel treatment to robots reminds me of one of the greatest robotic quotes ever:

The first ten million years were the worst, and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million I didn’t enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline.

One thought on “Demo effect, by Honda

  1. well, haven’t we already solved this problem with the invention of escalators?Aside: The translation of “kann nichts ganz Gerades gezimmert werden” is “no totally straight thing can be made” (not “was ever made” and the adjective “ganz”, meaning fully or total, is missing).Have a nice weekend,B.

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