Monday, March 06, 2006

Distant Endorsement

I love reading Margaret Atwood and her novel idea of the long distance autograph device. Sure it takes away from the novelty of the in person experience but makes up for it by possibilities it opens up.

If the robot or device were to become commonly used and turn into a standard computer accessory, it could be a way for all manner of celebrities to make money. Singers signing on CD covers, sports people on gear associated with their sport, artists on limited edition prints for their works and so on. All this apart from the more prosaic but extremely useful function of signing documents without requiring to be physically present. Quite amazing.

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