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We may be a few years away from a complete robot takeover of the world, but now we know that when it happens, the descendants of these creepy-ass, bolt-sucking electricity munchers will be able to replace you and your family while making full and completely realistic eye contact. Go back to EPCOT you future-snatching wire-men.

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Dry Ice Loophole Makes Mockery of Robotics Competition

There's no solution more compelling than those lazy "it's not stupid if it works" moments, even if they're technically against the rules. A low budget or DIY solution might make a judge mad, but you can't say that your solution wasn't effective. For another story of a stroke of lazy genius, here's a guy who needed a permit to build a garage so he just bought a van.

Funny loophole story of dry ice robotics competition | is funniest loophole have ever seen? Kevin Yue, studied at Massachusetts Institute Technology school, they held robotics competition pretty simple, conceptually had make firefighting robot would have navigate maze, find candle and put out (fully automated, no remote control can't remember exact size but think robot had be smaller than 1 foot length, width, and height. Scoring as follows start with time long takes search every room and put
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Twitter Thread: Star Trek and the Inhumanity of Gig Economies

Twitter user _danilo uses an example from Star Trek to explain some of the dangers of having an industry that lacks face-to-face interaction with its own workers. It's scary enough to imagine your job being done by a cold, calculating robot, but what if your boss's job was done by a cold, calculating robot? For something with more Star Trek fun and less technocratic dread, here's an awesome Tumblr post on how hard humans go in Star Trek.

Twitter thread on danger of tech in gig economies | Frisco Uplink @_danilo After premiere Picard name checked Bruce Maddox, decided head back and watch Measure Man, TNG S2E09. And turns out Maddox is bit tech bro. Startling well this holds up three decades later. This kind guy is still problem. | Frisco Uplink @_danilo As refresher Measure Man TNG at its hammiest, most thought provoking best courtroom drama where fate Data hinges on question whether he is sentient being deserving call basic
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Tumblr Thread: The Curse of The Doctor Who Robot Prop

We try to not be superstitious, but sometimes it's hard to notice when certain objects are so deeply associated with consistently unfortunate goings-on. And it doesn't help that this robot looks creepy as hell. For some more strange and interesting tidbits, here are some random golden moments from the world of Tumblr.

Tumblr thread on the cursed Doctor Who robot prop | titleknown Again, this is even funnier if know fucking production nightmare, with possible curse attached no less, this robot prop Doctor Who crew bogleech want know about cursed robot choppers-top-hat So robot isn't guy suit s an animatronic/puppet thing, and wasn't built show fact, no one knows who built one producers just FOUND ONE DAY building near studio had apparently been built another production cancelled and then just left gather dust.
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Have you ever been in a position where you have to pronounce a bunch of lyrics real fast during a live performance, but kinda stumble through it so rigidly that you literally look like a malfunctioning robot? No? Thought that was a more common problem.

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Tumblr Thread: The Legend Of Blendo

Blendo was not playing any games. This quick and informative Tumblr post shines light on the roots of the infamous, deadly robot named "Blendo." 

Tumblr post about the legend of Blendo, a very dangerous robot | Jamie Hyneman, co-host Mythbusters, created and designed robot Robot Wars named 'Blendo' with help Adam Savage. This robot so powerful tossed bits enemy competitors out arena, and damaged arena walls. Ultrafacts.tumblr.com
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In lieu of having fans in the stadium, the Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks has opted for a robot song and dance number that is about as technically intriguing as it is creepy.

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Well, this is absolute gold and we love it. Can't blame James May for losing it during the robot's guided tour. 

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Texts from Students Who Had to Take Care of Electronic Babies

Depending on where you went to school and what classes you took, you may have had a project where you had to take care of a sack of flour as if it were a child, or in this case, a robotic doll programmed to cry. Based on how frustrating these things can be, we're not sure if these projects were designed to be a learning experience so much as birth control. It doesn't take simulated parenting to know that kids are weird and dumb, and that toddlers have meltdowns over nothing, but having a robot baby wake up in the middle of the night might be a literal wake-up call for a high school freshman.

Complaint texts from teen students who had to take care of a fake baby | Can shut off my baby Today 6:14 AM Hello miss lefebvre can please shut child Today 7:48 AM Good morning can't shut off or control baby is scheduled times picked programmed can't control If or tired or frustrated, ask someone help If absolutely cannot do anymore there is an emergency shut off would end baby completely and would stop process totally. If want do this, let know.
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Just a little bit terrifying picturing some sort of dystopian reality where these impressive "Spot" robots turn on us. No thank you to that. 

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If we woke up to this we'd probably be convinced that the house was haunted. So it's a good thing there was cameras running to capture the magic. We understand that a stack of Roombas is a trivial thing, but seriously, what are the odds?

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Writer Tweets Hilarious "Bot Written" John Wick Script

Comedy writer @Keatonpatti tweeted a few pages of a John Wick movie supposedly written by a robot. We're not sure if there's a thousand hours of John Wick out there but what he's produced is on point, action packed, and amazing. He's also released these hilarious "bot written" Olive Garden and Diners Drive-Ins and Dives scripts. Technology is amazing.

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If you're wondering what the end of the world looks like, this is it. But nah, this is just the handiwork of some good old CGI. Doesn't mean it still isn't hilarious and unsettling. 

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Well this is an experience. Oh man you guys, he was right, it's all a simulation. This machine learning AI model even learned to generate timing and breaths to sound closer to the real thing. For us, it felt like the real thing when he got into all that talk about chimps. Chimp obsession is some patented Joe Rogan.

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25 Obscure Conspiracy Theories That People Personally Believe In

In a world with well-known dumbass conspiracies like flat earth "theory" and the anti-vaxx movement, mention of conspiracies can be a bit stressful. Some of them are smaller, more specific, and personal. And while many are sort of silly, the more you think about them, the more believable they seem...

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29 Spicy Times Siri's Wit Was Superhumanly Sassy

Artificial Intelligence is becoming a bigger part of our lives, and who would suspect that it would be witty? There are worse ways for AI to surprise us, like the time people's Alexas started laughing hysterically at them or this Roomba pooptastrophe. Anyway, here's Siri being funnier than you'd expect.

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