Artificial Service?

 —  November 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Have you heard about JIBO?

It’s already raised over $2 million so far, with more than 4,800 in pre-orders. According to its website, “We are no longer accepting pre-orders and are focused on getting the first shipment of JIBOs to our early adopters who supported our crowdfunding campaign.”

jiboWho wouldn’t want to own something that looks like the offspring of Wall-E and Eve?

The pitch is simple and appealing – not only does your family get to live in the future, but they get a robotic friend who will serve their social and media needs.

That is… if you believe the video.

JIBO’s creators even admit that the footage is forged to offer a glimpse at the potential of the product. That doesn’t matter, though… because I like what I see… or, what I think I see.

While not everything in the video will necessarily be there at launch, the JIBO skills described above are part of the core skill set. The core skill set will be released in 2015. And, because of the rich platform and ecosystem we’re building, everything in the video beyond the core skills will be possible — and more! With our developer community, we will continue to improve the product and add new and exciting features over time.

Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and applications will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined…

The software update to make bluetooth available to developers and accessories should happen in early 2016.

There certainly is a lot of promising going on.

You know… just like how you and I sell our serving endeavors.

Don’t we often explain to students and parents about how there is a payoff on the other end of their financial/time investment? Sometimes that does happen, but often it requires a bit of spin doctoring to help students see the value in something that is often sacrificial.

Just as the creators of JIBO are asking people to throw money at something they’ve never seen, how often do you ask students to throw their lives at something they haven’t seen?

Then again, isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Or is it?

“It is a snare to say rashly, ‘It is holy,’ and to reflect only after making vows.” (Proverbs 20:25)


Should we keep showing high-energy, edited videos from our last event… or should we also include all the down-moments that highlight the entire experience we’re inviting them into?

Go ahead – check your last highlight video.

I’ll wait here with my artificial service.

(No, I’m not talking about JIBO)

What do you think?

Here’s the final highlight video for the whole week from HSM Summer Camp. Such a great, exhausting week!