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Robot or Not?

John Siracusa

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Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.

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145: Database

03:49 | Nov 26th, 2018

Where spreadsheets and databases collide....

144: Soup

06:15 | Nov 12th, 2018

“You haven’t done soup yet, have you?”...

143: Phones

06:55 | Oct 29th, 2018

Smartphones, dumb phones, feature phones, and computers in your pocket....

139: Planets, and also Pluto

05:34 | Sep 3rd, 2018

John is given the opportunity to endorse or reject the rulings of the International Astronomical Union....

137: Nerds and Geeks

06:16 | Aug 6th, 2018

The subtle and vexing difference between a nerd and a geek....

136: Programming

08:56 | Jul 23rd, 2018

What is computer programming? And what doesn’t qualify?...

134: Personal Computers

09:12 | Jun 25th, 2018

Is a Mac a PC? Is an iPad a computer? Does John favor a broad definition or a narrow one?...

118: Ice Cream

10:31 | Nov 13th, 2017

There's only one R in Sherbet

117: Brunch

14:23 | Oct 31st, 2017

Meal times and sleep times

116: Salad

07:45 | Oct 16th, 2017

Fruit Salad? Yummy yummy.

112: Donuts

10:26 | Aug 21st, 2017

Two blind men describe an elephant.

111: Artificial Intelligence

11:23 | Aug 7th, 2017

When is a machine truly intelligent?

109: Sport

14:39 | Jul 10th, 2017

Baseball? Is not sport, is game.

106: Computer Chips

11:44 | May 29th, 2017

Microchips. Not potato chips.

103: Pizza

11:38 | Apr 17th, 2017

You have left Pizza Country.

99: Your Hosts

02:54 | Feb 27th, 2017

John Siracusa and Jason Snell themselves.

94: Shardik

04:13 | Jan 23rd, 2017

A monster from the Dark Tower

93: Nintendo R.O.B.

02:49 | Jan 16th, 2017

Nintendo's Robotic Operating Buddy

87: K5 Mall Robot

03:04 | Dec 5th, 2016

Does it follow Asimov's laws?

85: The Bicentennial Man

04:59 | Nov 21st, 2016

Robin Williams, Isaac Asimov, and Grobycs!

84: Metal Mario

01:32 | Nov 14th, 2016

Do metal men dream of robot sheep?

82: The Borg

06:22 | Oct 31st, 2016

You will be assimilated.

79: SpaceX

06:50 | Oct 10th, 2016

Robots (or not) in space!

75: Bubo

03:49 | Sep 12th, 2016

A little metal owl from “Clash of the Titans.” Crafted by the gods, can he possibly be a robot?...

74: Gort

05:04 | Sep 5th, 2016

She's a real woman, Jim.

58: Synths

03:34 | May 16th, 2016

From the AMC TV series “Humans,” the lifelike Synths look like humans but don’t act like it. And they bleed a funny color....

55: The Tin Woodman

03:53 | Apr 25th, 2016

You know, from "The Wizard of Oz"

51: Lego Simulated Worm Toy

05:59 | Mar 28th, 2016

A software model of a flatworm, piloting a Lego Mindstorms toy....

49: Chatbots

03:12 | Mar 14th, 2016

In IRC, on AOL, and elsewhere

39: Cars (from "Cars")

01:42 | Jan 4th, 2016

So who made the cars? And where are they?

38: Podcasts

00:53 | Dec 28th, 2015

Are you listening to a robot?

31: robots.txt

01:58 | Nov 9th, 2015

What's in that Skype window?

28: The TARDIS

04:43 | Oct 19th, 2015

They're not built, they're grown

27: V'ger

09:34 | Oct 12th, 2015

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

24: Sasquatch

06:25 | Sep 21st, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man

21: Droids

06:15 | Aug 31st, 2015

The ethics of Star Wars sentience

16: Siri

00:57 | Jul 27th, 2015

What about Jason's iPhone?

15: The Major

02:24 | Jul 20th, 2015

Human brains, mechanical bodies

14: Jaegers

04:14 | Jul 13th, 2015

Big robots with little people inside

8: Roomba

03:53 | Jun 19th, 2015

The lowest possible form of robot?

2: Service Kiosks

04:17 | May 25th, 2015

Supermarket self check-out and ATMs