Saturday, February 23, 2008

Positronic Elmo

Who would have thought that Elmo could become more dangerous than Hal 9000 or the terminator? First, was the lead paint recall scandal. Now is the "Elmo knows your name " causing concerns by making death threats to a two year old:
"With a squeeze of its fuzzy belly, the Sesame Street character now says, in a sing-song voice, "Kill James." "It's not something that really you would think would ever come out of a toy," said Melissa Bowman, James' mother. "But once I heard, I was just kind of distraught."

Seems like the fear of Isaac Asimov's three laws for robotic positronic brains being broken by artificial intelligence is once again present. One would expect that only a sophisticated computer evil elmo killerlike Hal 9000 could have enough artificial intelligence to go berserk and attack it's human master. -That's good!
Except maybe the terminator or a Krusty doll! -That's bad.
"Killer Elmo" lacks the "Krusty seal of approval"! -That's good.
However, some of the nasty remarks of Evil Krusty have been left out! -That's bad.
Evil Krusty is still very rude! -That's good.
Krusty's knife is not included! -That's bad.
Elmo comes with a free dose of Potassium Benzoate and lead.

-That's bad!

Sounds like an old cliche: "My name is Elmo, and I don't like you"

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