It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, because actually I do. I completed a big 36×37 assignment this weekend, and I’m still working on the angle I want to take with the story.
So. Since I’m mulling things over, I asked the boys to come up with a topic for today’s post, and here’s what they gave me: Weird facts about robots.
- In 1939, Westinghouse made Elektro, the world’s first humanoid robot. That seven-foot-tall walking machine had a whopping 700 word vocabulary. Hot, right? It must be, because it was featured in the 1960 B movie Sex Kittens Go to College, featuring Conway Twitty.
- Robots have their own trade union in Japan.
- By the way, here’s what the Japanese are working on:
(See other photos and videos of giant robot statues.)
- A table tennis robot is your fastest way to an improved table tennis game. One week of steady practice with a robot equals about six months of practice against, say, a human. Do you know what this means? It means that robots want to play table tennis with us. Game on, Optimus Prime.
- Speaking of Transformers, Megan Fox is not real. She’s C-3PO in drag, and that explains why she’s so shiny and irritating.
- Robots don’t celebrate their birthdays.
- But they should. Because, wouldn’t you want to go to Plex’s (from Yo Gabba Gabba) birthday party? (DJ Lance Rock would be there.)
- “Robot” comes from the Czech word “robota” which means “forced work or labor.” However, the name “Robert” means nothing of the sort.
- Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” is fantastic.
- Hans Moravec, founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, believes that robots will emerge as their own species by 2040, complete with feelings and expectations. Unlike those bitchy Fem-bots.
Ta da! Whatever the boys want, the mama delivers. Be sure to stop by tomorrow. Assignment #20 was a good one, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.
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