Robot or Not?

Robot or Not?

www.theincomparable.com/robot
John Siracusa educates Jason Snell about what is, and what is not, a robot.
108: Condiments and Favorite Foods
Jun 26 • 9 min
Ketchup or Peanut Butter?
107: Science Fiction
Jun 12 • 10 min
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
106: Computer Chips
May 29 • 11 min
Microchips. Not potato chips.
105: Canonical Bagel Flavors
May 15 • 18 min
Bialys!
104: Pizza Toppings
May 2 • 9 min
Canonical pizza toppings
103: Pizza
Apr 17 • 11 min
You have left Pizza Country.
102: Sandwiches
Apr 3 • 8 min
What is a sandwich?
101: Supervillains
Mar 20 • 10 min
How super is my villain?
100: The Robot
Mar 6 • 2 min
At long last… the end?
99: Your Hosts
Feb 27 • 2 min
John Siracusa and Jason Snell themselves.
98: Human Beings
Feb 20 • 2 min
Us
97: Captchas
Feb 13 • 0 min
Fill in the blank.
96: The Gate at Jabba’s Palace
Feb 6 • 2 min
Gatekeeper droid or door?
95: Autonomous Sailboats
Jan 30 • 5 min
Roomba of the Sea?
94: Shardik
Jan 23 • 4 min
A monster from the Dark Tower
93: Nintendo R.O.B.
Jan 16 • 2 min
Nintendo’s Robotic Operating Buddy
92: Pronunciation
Jan 9 • 3 min
Robutt or not?
91: Naked Robotic Core
Jan 2 • 5 min
iPhone, Unadorned
90: Mechagodzilla
Dec 26, 2016 • 1 min
John loves him.
89: Battlebots
Dec 19, 2016 • 1 min
They fight!
88: School Babies and CPR Dummies
Dec 12, 2016 • 1 min
Educational toys or robots?
87: K5 Mall Robot
Dec 5, 2016 • 3 min
Does it follow Asimov’s laws?
86: The Hosts of “Westworld”
Nov 28, 2016 • 6 min
It’s in the brain!
85: The Bicentennial Man
Nov 21, 2016 • 4 min
Robin Williams, Isaac Asimov, and Grobycs!
84: Metal Mario
Nov 14, 2016 • 1 min
Do metal men dream of robot sheep?
83: Kayaks
Nov 7, 2016 • 1 min
They have paddles.
82: The Borg
Oct 31, 2016 • 6 min
You will be assimilated.
81: The Energizer Bunny
Oct 24, 2016 • 1 min
Nothing outlasts the Energizer
80: Tachikoma and Fuchikoma
Oct 17, 2016 • 2 min
They’re adorable…
79: SpaceX
Oct 10, 2016 • 6 min
Robots (or not) in space!
78: Hot Dogs
Oct 3, 2016 • 1 min
Sandwich or Not, part 2
77: Daft Punk
Sep 26, 2016 • 1 min
DJs or not?
76: Animals in “Blade Runner”
Sep 19, 2016 • 2 min
How do you like our owl?
75: Bubo
Sep 12, 2016 • 3 min
A little metal owl from “Clash of the Titans.” Crafted by the gods, can he possibly be a robot?…
74: Gort
Sep 5, 2016 • 5 min
She’s a real woman, Jim.
73: Cartoons
Aug 29, 2016 • 2 min
Synonym or not?
72: Robots from “Castle in the Sky” and “The Iron Giant”
Aug 22, 2016 • 2 min
Two animation robots.
71: RoboCop
Aug 15, 2016 • 2 min
RoboCop
70: The Robots of “Futurama”
Aug 8, 2016 • 5 min
So many robots.
69: Tron
Aug 1, 2016 • 1 min
Lightcycles are cool.
68: Canadarm
Jul 25, 2016 • 1 min
Oh, Canada!
67: Silicone Stingray
Jul 18, 2016 • 3 min
Timely episode!
66: Traffic lights in South Africa
Jul 11, 2016 • 1 min
Listener David, thanks
65: Serena Williams
Jul 4, 2016 • 8 min
Tennis or not?
64: Rossum’s Universal Robots
Jun 27, 2016 • 2 min
R.U.R.
63: Animatronic Creatures
Jun 20, 2016 • 1 min
Charles E. Cheese Esquire
62b: Filesystems and Flowerpot Robots
Jun 18, 2016 • 3 min
Our first live episode
62: General Grievous
Jun 13, 2016 • 2 min
Cough, cough
61: Elevators
Jun 6, 2016 • 3 min
Yes, we said elevators
60: Inspector Gadget
May 30, 2016 • 2 min
What if penny met a dinosaur?
59: The Doctor from “Star Trek: Voyager”
May 23, 2016 • 2 min
Hologram or not
58: Synths
May 16, 2016 • 3 min
From the AMC TV series “Humans,” the lifelike Synths look like humans but don’t act like it. And they bleed a funny color….
57: Baymax
May 9, 2016 • 6 min
“Big Hero 6”
56: The Incomparable’s Logo
May 2, 2016 • 1 min
You know, that robot
55: The Tin Woodman
Apr 25, 2016 • 3 min
You know, from “The Wizard of Oz”
54: T-1000
Apr 18, 2016 • 4 min
“Terminator 2”
53: Tamagotchi
Apr 11, 2016 • 1 min
Feed me, or I die!
52: The Robots of “Destiny”
Apr 4, 2016 • 6 min
“Destiny”
51: Lego Simulated Worm Toy
Mar 28, 2016 • 5 min
A software model of a flatworm, piloting a Lego Mindstorms toy….
50: The Matrix
Mar 21, 2016 • 3 min
Hello, Mr. Anderson.
49: Chatbots
Mar 14, 2016 • 3 min
In IRC, on AOL, and elsewhere
48: Replicants
Mar 7, 2016 • 7 min
“Blade Runner”
47: Thomas and Friends
Feb 29, 2016 • 3 min
Confusion and delay in Sodor
46: Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo
Feb 22, 2016 • 2 min
MST3K bots
45: Nanobots
Feb 15, 2016 • 6 min
Very tiny machines
44: The Internet of Things
Feb 8, 2016 • 2 min
Bruce Schneier’s metaphor
43: Daleks and Cybermen
Feb 1, 2016 • 5 min
Doctor Who monsters
42: Prince Robot IV
Jan 25, 2016 • 2 min
“Saga”
41: Burritos
Jan 18, 2016 • 1 min
Sandwich or Not?
40: Swimming Pool Cleaners
Jan 11, 2016 • 3 min
C-3PO’s toaster oven
39: Cars (from “Cars”)
Jan 4, 2016 • 1 min
So who made the cars? And where are they?
38: Podcasts
Dec 28, 2015 • 0 min
Are you listening to a robot?
37: Clockwork Droids
Dec 21, 2015 • 3 min
The Reverse Cybog Posit
36: Iron Man, Ultron, and Vision
Dec 14, 2015 • 4 min
Marvel movie robots or not
35: Herbie The Love Bug
Dec 7, 2015 • 2 min
Herbie is full of love
34: Aperture Science
Nov 30, 2015 • 4 min
Portal and Portal 2
33: Vicki from “Small Wonder”
Nov 23, 2015 • 2 min
“Small Wonder”
32: Lobot
Nov 16, 2015 • 1 min
…or not
31: robots.txt
Nov 9, 2015 • 1 min
What’s in that Skype window?
30: Twiki and Dr. Theopolis
Nov 2, 2015 • 6 min
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
29: Johnny 5
Oct 26, 2015 • 1 min
He’s alive!
28: The TARDIS
Oct 19, 2015 • 4 min
They’re not built, they’re grown
27: V’ger
Oct 12, 2015 • 9 min
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
26: Cylons
Oct 5, 2015 • 9 min
Battlestar Galactica
25: Home Appliances
Sep 28, 2015 • 3 min
Conceptual toaster questions
24: Sasquatch
Sep 21, 2015 • 6 min
The Six Million Dollar Man
23: Space Probes
Sep 14, 2015 • 3 min
Doubles!
22: Hitchbot
Sep 7, 2015 • 1 min
Dressed up like a ghost
21: Droids
Aug 31, 2015 • 6 min
The ethics of Star Wars sentience
20: Pinocchio
Aug 24, 2015 • 4 min
Robots versus magic
19: Marvin the Paranoid Android
Aug 17, 2015 • 2 min
Life… don’t talk to me about life
18: Commander Data
Aug 10, 2015 • 6 min
Androids and Robots
17: The Terminator
Aug 3, 2015 • 3 min
I’ll be back
16: Siri
Jul 27, 2015 • 0 min
What about Jason’s iPhone?
15: The Major
Jul 20, 2015 • 2 min
Human brains, mechanical bodies
14: Jaegers
Jul 13, 2015 • 4 min
Big robots with little people inside
13: Transformers
Jul 7, 2015 • 3 min
Robots in disguise?
12: USS Enterprise
Jul 2, 2015 • 3 min
Hello, Computer!
11: KITT
Jun 29, 2015 • 6 min
Knight Rider
10: ASIMO
Jun 25, 2015 • 2 min
Toy robots
9: Assembly-Line Robots
Jun 22, 2015 • 3 min
Titans of industry
8: Roomba
Jun 19, 2015 • 3 min
The lowest possible form of robot?
7: Telepresence Robots
Jun 15, 2015 • 0 min
Skype isn’t a robot
6: Self-Driving Cars
Jun 10, 2015 • 5 min
Are they robots or marketing?
5: Emotions
Jun 4, 2015 • 0 min
Love and other robots
4: K-9
Jun 2, 2015 • 2 min
Tin dogs
3: Darth Vader
May 29, 2015 • 2 min
Cyborgs and Sith Lords
2: Service Kiosks
May 25, 2015 • 4 min
Supermarket self check-out and ATMs
1: Mr. Roboto
May 22, 2015 • 5 min
Domo Arigato
0: Origin
Apr 7, 2015 • 6 min
How it all started.