By Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association
It looks like the folks at “Wife Swap,” an ABC reality television program, think robots would make a good hook for one of their episodes. It wasn’t long ago that Hollywood produced a movie called The Stepford Wives which also explored this technology. Ironically, in the movie it is an incident with an angry reality TV show contestant that is the catalyst for developments in which Nicole Kidman’s character becomes ensnared in an evil plot to transform women into stereotypically perfect housewives that are later revealed to be robots (although the wives become cyborgs in the 2004 remake).
“Wife Swap” is not looking for robot wives. Instead, they are seeking a couple where one (or perhaps both) has a passion for building robots.
If you haven’t seen “Wife Swap,” be advised it is not a show about modern marvels and innovative technology. According to their official explanation, “The premise of Wife Swap is simple: for seven days, two wives from two different families with very different values exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover what it’s like to live a different family’s life. It’s an interesting social experiment and a great way to see your family in a whole new light. It is shot as a documentary series, so NO scripts and no set. It’s just one camera that is documenting your life.”
If you have a passion for building robots and are interested in becoming involved in “Wife Swap,” you may have a chance to participate. Inquiries can go directly to an agent for the show (see below). Please leave your thoughts in the comment section of this blog and feel free to contact me at 734/994-6088.
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