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(#113) Brian: Invention advice on household robots
A: As someone whoís less than a foot tall, I prefer the small, robotic vacuums to the standard models. The robot vacuums are less intimidating to action figures, and theyíre quite fun for us to ride around on. But the thought of adding blades to a robot vacuum is pretty terrifying to me. It could all go horribly wrong for action figures and other small beings. Iím sure youíre sincere about only wanting to use such an invention on your lawn, but Iíve learned the hard way that we have no control over what other people do with our inventions.
As an inventor, you can release your creation into the world with the best of intentions, but people will corrupt it in ways youíd never expect. After a while, you start wondering whether you were better off when your inventions didnít survive the testing process. You start doubting whether itís worth the heartache to try inventing again, or if you should just try bonsai gardening or something.
I usually go lie down when I feel like this, but Iíd probably just have nightmares. Please abandon your plans for the blade attachments. The action figures of the world will thank you.
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