Creepy robotic Santa season is starting earlier every year.

Creepy robotic Santa season is starting earlier every year.
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Is that a child, or an elf? If it's an elf, fire that impertinent little robot.

It's 2014, Macy's! Yes, your robo-Santas should be inspiring terror in the hearts of young and old alike, but at this point, that should be due to their ability to think, act, and love like a human, forcing us to question what "humanity" really means. (Not that human Santas and Easter Bunnies can't be terrifying.) Instead, they're still terrifying because they look like disgruntled misfit rejects from the Chuck-E-Cheese band. If this Santa ever came to life, it would be more inclined to hide under your bed and attempt to grab your ankle and gnaw on your toes while laughing hollowly than to usurp humanity. Still unsettling, though.

Yes, the sound in this video is definitely the guy holding the camera who thinks he's clever, but I'm still shocked that the window Santas of Macy*s are the same from my childhood. I know what I am asking robot Santa for this year: better robot Santas. Or, is that how we eventually get to this?

(by Johnny McNulty)

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