Okay, this isn't related to any of our 23 Things except in a roundabout, technology-ish way, but I just stumbled across this and had to share.
Microsoft is working on a "robot receptionist" -- a computer screen that can do simple administrative tasks like schedule bus shuttles for individuals. It looks like she "reads" the people, takes in what they say, and then responds. It's creepy to watch and listen, but what gets my bugaboo up is that they have named her... Laura.
Why my name? Yuck.
Anyway, take a look: