I had this idea (as far back as 5th grade, I think), of building a robot to go to school for me. I would be at the other end controlling it and thus would never have to get out of bed. It really was just a ploy to not have to go to school.
Well, someone has actually done it. Although instead of not going to school, they’re not going to work.
It’s not that Bowman doesn’t have hands or a mouth; they’re just in Halifax, along with the rest of his body.
In fact, it’s not really Bowman in the Waterloo office at all. It’s IvanAnywhere, a robot Bowman uses to interact with his colleagues in Waterloo from his home office 1,350 kilometres away.
“Robot” is a bit of a stretch, actually. IvanAnywhere is basically a coat rack on wheels with attached speakers, camera and touch-screen computer.
The computer screen displays a live shot of Bowman’s face from his living room in Nova Scotia.