Wednesday Poll: Virtually Real

386566305_ee3d07920dA very dear old friend--a.k.a. "Best Man Friend" from posts past--mentioned the other day that he would really like to have a Pleo.

What is a Pleo, you ask?

Well near as I can tell (except for the fact that I'm assuming you can shut it off) I gather the Pleo is like a small pet.  It's a cutie, little, dinosaur robot that has the ability to learn and sense things.  From the Pleo website: "Pleo feels hunger and fatigue - offset by powerful urges to explore and be nurtured. He'll graze, nap and toddle about on his own -when he feels like it!"  For example, the Pleo will learn to come to your voice, and he can feel it when you stroke him. 

Here's a cute video of one at Sea World interacting with dolphins (skip to the middle) just to let you see what one is like in action.  He's really kind of a winning little, um...creature?

With that all in mind, for this week's poll:

Do you think you would be interested in a "pet" like this?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of pet over the real kind?  How would it change your answer if it was a virtual child rather than a virtual pet?

Comment and discuss.