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Roboism is a fortnightly show mostly about robots. We care about how robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are affecting our culture. Come explore the humanity behind the bots that are quickly becoming a part of every day life. Hosted...Show More

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Roboism 26: More R2D2, Less Roomba

24:40 | Dec 11th, 2018

This week, Alex and Savannah give you a blast from the past from their interview with roboticist Adrian Choy, who leads the engineering team at the Museum of Science and Industry's Robot Revolution exhibit.

Roboism 25: The Apple Factories Are Still Gonna Exist

46:49 | Nov 27th, 2018

This week Alex talks to guest host Trin Garritano about the possibilities fora solarpunk future!

Roboism 24: All These Metaphors Fall Apart

33:23 | Nov 6th, 2018

Alex brings her friend Vector into the studio to see if Savannah will save them from an grease fire.

Roboism 22: Angry Most of the Time

1:01:31 | Oct 16th, 2018

This week, Savannah and Alex talk about focus and attention while not being able to focus on the topic of attention. The delve into internalized mysogyny, phantom taps, capitalism, and Animal Crossing. It ends up be cohesive. They promise.

Roboism 21: It Came Out of Me Like a Tapeworm

48:23 | Aug 22nd, 2018

This week, Alex and Savannah are joined by writer and game designer Karlee Esmailli about her most recent Kickstarter campaign, immigrant women in tech, and whether or not virtual reality will embrace the female gaze.

Roboism 20: Boosty Scoot

42:54 | Aug 20th, 2018

This week Savannah and Alex are joined by special guest Matthew Cassinelli to talk more about electric scoot scoots, skateboards, bikes, and various municipal infrastructure problems (because that's the show now, apparently).

Roboism 19: I Bought My iPad a Boyfriend

35:46 | Jul 31st, 2018

This week, Alex is joined by special guest Rosemary Orchard to talk about automation!

Roboism 18: Throw Them in the River

34:18 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week, Savannah and Alex visit the Moxy studio and hotel to do a live show addressing Bond Villain Elon Musk, scooters as a superior form of transportation, and a surprise robot that's taking Kickstarter by storm!

Roboism 17: Two Dimensions is Enough: Live from C2E2 2018

1:00:01 | May 24th, 2018

Alex and Savannah host a LIVE episode of Roboism at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo!

Roboism 16: I Love Paper Towels

33:27 | May 17th, 2018

Alex and Savannah celebrate a belated Earth Day, and hope robots will be better than humans at taking care of our planet.

Roboism 14: Only Death and $10,000

26:52 | Apr 19th, 2018

Alex and Savannah are joined by some friends to talk about frozen brains and artificial consciousness.

Roboism 13: Information Pores

21:04 | Apr 7th, 2018

This week, Alex tricks Savannah into recording, AND YOU SHOULD COME TO OUR LIVE SHOW IN CHICAGO!

Roboism 12: A Little Spotty

30:09 | Mar 9th, 2018

Alex and Savannah talk about the end of the world and a theoretical Cyborg Olympics.

Roboism 11: Can We Talk about Drugs on This Show?

38:24 | Jan 30th, 2018

Alex and special guest James T. Green discuss augmenting health with an Apple Watch, cynicism in tech, and how medication can be the most interesting technology we use on our bodies.

Roboism 10: Drag Silicon Valley

30:28 | Jan 12th, 2018

This week, Alex and Savannah start off their second season with some light conversations about a socialist, utopian, post-work future.

Roboism 9: A Cushier Butt, with Maria Ranahan of the Science Ambassador Scholarship

25:12 | Nov 1st, 2017

This week, Alex and Savannah talk to guest Maria Ranahan of Cards Against Humanity about the women's Science Ambassador Scholarship.

Roboism 8: The Maroon 5 of Robots

43:17 | Sep 14th, 2017

This week, Alex and Savannah discuss robots in the news, corporate bionic implants, and the downfall of Charles Entertainment Cheese.

Roboism 7: Fart Button

33:07 | Aug 17th, 2017

This week, Alex and Savannah try not to make this episode a total bummer.

Roboism 6: An Expensive Fidget Spinner

33:05 | Aug 3rd, 2017

This week, Alex introduces Savannah to a new robot friend after mourning the loss of a glorified Roomba.

Roboism 5: The Stupidest Smart TV

40:32 | Jul 11th, 2017

This week, Alex and Savannah try out therapy chat bots and discuss our theoretic volcanic emotions. Also: Smart TVs.

Roboism 4: A Single Piece of Toast

31:05 | Jun 27th, 2017

This week, Alex and Savannah talk about the ethical implications of creating the perfect piece of toast.

Roboism 3: You Have to Be Invited In

40:49 | Jun 16th, 2017

Alex lets Savannah know about all the boring Apple news from WWDC.

Roboism 2: The Bees Are Getting Angrier

26:31 | May 30th, 2017

This week, Savannah and Alex play with drones.

Roboism 1: A Beautiful Smoosh Bot

26:07 | May 15th, 2017

Alex Cox and Savannah Million introduce themselves and talk about their newest robot obsessions.