Well, there are some serious limitations to the technology, as comedian Stephen Colbert pointed out Tuesday night.
Double, a $2,499 rolling robot outfitted with an iPad, is designed to be just like its name: a double for a human employee. And while it does allow telecommuters to engage in office flings, as Colbert noted, it can’t navigate stairs. And what happens if everyone starts to telecommute to the office and uses Double as a stand-in?
“If everybody starts telecommuting to the office, there will be no one left to pick up all the overturned robots,” Colbert observed.
But if one brings the Double to work, he or she could not only use the carpool lane on the way there, but could also eliminate other pricey staff positions.
To demonstrate, Colbert asked his intern, Jay, to bring him a cup of coffee. But instead of delivering it to Colbert directly, Jay placed the coffee in the cupholder on Colbert’s Double. Colbert then fired Jay, and the Double was tasked with, um, completing the delivery.
Let’s just things didn’t quite work out.
Watch the end result below: