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Game geek, candyfreak, bad runner.  

EXPERTISE: Geography, Hip Hop, Dogs, Patrick Swayze, Scout


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EXPERTISE: US government, James Taylor, videogames, Spy


Ep 29: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto



Prepare for the inevitable robot uprising by learning about...well, robots! Eymology, first appearances in pop culture, hanging out in the uncanny valley, historical Japanese tea-serving automatons and French duck robots. Inspiration behind C3PO & R2D2, TV + Movie Robot quiz, and of course, our own robot E.L.V.I.S. is back!

ALSO: Brainiacs Book Club, *VERY AWESOME* music round, ...listener challenge...?

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 27 seconds


Featured interlude music:

"Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton  Amazon | iTunes 

"Astro Boy Theme" from Astro Boy  Amazon | iTunes 


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Reader Comments (7)

I have been listening to you guys from the beginning. As a podcast fanatic, I have to say, you guys are the best! I am writing to tell you that I saw your pictures and was shocked to find that you all look exactly as I imagined you! Keep up the good work!

September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAvocado

hi gang im a new listner to your podcast im enjoying it alot . ive listened to four of the shows ive also got them on my mp3 player . the ones i got are. the robot, cartoon one, ceareal one, i forget the other one sorry. but in any case there great. colin and chris you guys are halirrous i like your personalitys well in fact i love all your persnallitys rhat means the ladies too.. speaking of the ladies karen you are a great host with all your puns and rhymes and i love the way you say banobos i hope you know what im mean but you sound so sexxxy when you say it. and dana out of all of you i love your laugh the most . and i also think your pretty too. one more thing before im done i just thought you would like to know im from ames, iowa well happy trails everyone bye.

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjamie n.

Where have you been all my life? Just discovered this podcast - amazing.

I'm new here so I don't know if I'm trampling on well established protocol - but in the segment on robots and acronyms there is some trivia that wasn't mentioned about the HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Whether it was intentional or not by Kubrick and Clark has not been established - but if you move one letter further in the alphabet from H A L the result is I B M. A coincidence? I would be afraid to use coincidence and Kubrick in the same sentence, Oops I just did. I'm scared now.

Keep up the amusing and enlightening good work!

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe 39 Steps

It's not a coincidence!

September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Ah! I meant to mention this in the podcast but didn't want to get too sidetracked... but both Kubrick and Arthur Clarke — remember, the book was written by him almost simultaneously with developing the script — frequently and staunchly denied that "HAL" was meant to be based on "IBM".

Here's a good quote from Clarke on the subject:
"However, about once a week some character spots the fact that HAL is one letter ahead of IBM, and promptly assumes that Stanley and I were taking a crack at the estimable institution ... As it happened, IBM had given us a good deal of help, so we were quite embarrassed by this, and would have changed the name had we spotted the coincidence."

So yes, it is indeed a coincidence!

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Hi Guys, love the show. Just stumbled across it and now I'm trying to listen to them all and catch up the the new ones. Listening to 3 a day as I drive to and from work. It will be very lame when I have to wait one whole week!

Just like Karen I am a huge Futurama fan, so whenever a question that relates to it comes around, I get so excited! So when you guys asked the question about who first used the word "Robot", I thought Karen would get this one. In episode 5 of the first season, in "Fear of a Bot Planet" the Planet Express crew deliver a package to ....... Chapek 9, a world only inhabited by Robots! I only learnt this easter egg from listening to the episode commentary, but I am glad I did, just so I could answer that one question!

That's my 2 cents worth, keep up the great work guys!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Magee

Love the podcast! Long time listener. What do you use to generate the e.l.v.i.s. voice?

November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

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