Robots star in ads, but mislead viewers about technology

By Joelle Renstrom for The Conversation

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Robots can’t really eat hot dogs. SimpliSafe/

The fear factor

“Scary robot” ads are inevitable, given the popularity of the sinister robot trope. Advertisers, like Hollywood, embrace scary robot narratives because they’re more dramatic than ones in which robots and humans get along.

SimpliSafe’s ‘Fear is Everywhere’ ad.
Halo Top suggests humans’ only need is ice cream.

Doom and gloom

Pringles are for everyone — sort of.
Could a child do your taxes?

Falling to pieces

Robots may not make great insurance agents.

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