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After my grape-gobbling golden retriever, Molly, chased her last tennis ball at the ripe old age of 16, I was an emotional slush puddle for a good long time. I’m still not prepared to fall in love with a warm ‘n’ fuzzy puppy again, but I just might be ready for AIBO, Sony’s $2,500 robomutt. Sure, he’s got cold metal ears and a rigid antenna for a tail, but his battery-powered bark is cute as hell and he never, ever takes a crap on the rug. Best of all, when AIBO runs out of life force, all he needs to get up and running again is a quick recharge. He may not be able to eat grapes, but, to paraphrase Wilford Brimley in Cocoon, he won’t get any older, and he won’t ever die. AIBO, along with soccer-playing robots and C-3PO, will be on display during “Working and Playing With Robots” from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History’s Information Age Theater, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 357-1593. (Sean Daly)