March 3, 2011

Mike Tyson Topples Jimmy Fallon

If you watch "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" regularly, then you already know he is the timidest of hosts. He cringes at wild animals brought on his show and turned down an offer from Jeff Probst to be a celeb Survivor. So watch how he reacts when Mike Tyson takes him on with the game Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots.

Via NBC

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Nova Science Now Showcases Bots

You have already seen most of these robots, but you should check out PBS' Nova Science Now for their recent program on that very subject. Included is David Hanson's Phil, named and fashioned after sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick. He is human-looking to the point that he seemed real to the interviewer, a scary thought that makes you think that the robot takeover is coming anytime now.

By the way, the episode also tallied up all the songs they could find written with robot in them. Their count was 44, but we suspect that was a low estimate.

Via PBS

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January 14, 2011

Watson Creams Competition on 'Jeopardy' Test

We expected no less. IBM's Watson slaughtered both Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter yesterday on a 'Jeopardy' test run. The real contest will take place at IBM today and air Feb. 14 - 16. In true geekish fashion Rutter commented on the victory, "When Watson's progeny comes back to kill me from the future, I have my escape route planned, just in case."

Via ZD Net

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January 12, 2011

'Tin Man' Worth a Viewing

The Sci-Fi Channel released the Emmy nominated mini-series 'Tin Man' in 2007 that featured some very creative CGI. An homage to "The Wizard of Oz," when you get to Milltown, you get a very happening Robomayor as well as some botty admissions from some of the townsfolk. Watch the recently released Blu-ray Two-Disc Collector's Edition for the special effects and the outstanding performances of Alan Cumming as the clever Glitch and Kathleen Robertson as the evil Azkadellia.

And while the adults watch the aforementioned videos, kids will dig "Meet the Robinsons," an animated film with boy-genius Louis visiting the future. Look for a robotic spider, hat and Carl the robot, who has a small team of minions.
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December 15, 2010

Ans. - Watson, Quest. - What Bot is Going to be on Jeopardy?

Watson will be going up against former 'Jeopardy' champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Often referred to as "Google on Steroids", the IBM bot has already competed against chess champ Garry Kasparov and won in 1997. This challenge will test Watson's knowledge, speed and ability to ask silly questions. You can see him starting on Valentine's Day in a 3 day competition.

Via IBM

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December 14, 2010

RC: Star Wars Episode III Debut

'Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III' will debut on Sunday, Dec. 19 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Watch the hour long special as Chewbaca introduces Han Solo to his family, the Emperor and his minion Darth Vader try to handle their regime, Gary the Stormtrooper goes for a joyride on a speeder bike and Boba Fett finds himself inside the Sarlacc monster.

Via Robot Chicken

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November 11, 2010

Holiday Robot Reading

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In addition to the reading of Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', this year include 'Santa's Twin' by Dean Koontz (although the cover may be scary for younger ones) and 'The Twelve Bots of Christmas' by Nathan Hale. When the kids tire of the festivities, turn on "Nick Picks - Holiday" with 172 minutes of escapism.

Via Holiday Reading

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October 15, 2010

Gay Robot Part of 'Pretend Time'

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We believe that robots have senses of humor, too. Proof positive to our theory is the Robot Skeleton that is Craig Ferguson's sidekick on the Late Late Show. Now Nick Swardson is including a Gay Robot as part of his entourage on his new show 'Pretend Time' that airs on Comedy Central. Apparently, the character almost got his own show when an audio sketch on an Adam Sandler CD appeared in 2004. Our fave line, "I wish I could quit you."

You can check out the first episode and the original with Sandler on YouTube

Via Pretend Time

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October 6, 2010

Sheldon Meets the Woz

If you are a fan of the "Big Bang Theory," then you already saw the season premiere that found Sheldon as a telepresence robot that chats it up with the "Great and Powerful Woz." You can get the DVD of last season as well as the first two if you want to catch up with the nerdish humor.

Via CBS

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September 22, 2010

New Cartoon Network Series Features Giant Robot

Genndy Tartakovsky, the brains behind such Cartoon Network faves as the 'Powerpuff Girls', 'Dexter's Laboratory' and the 'Star Wars: Clone Wars' miniseriesis is back with a new show, 'Sym-Bionic Titan.' The series features two alien teens who can morph into a giant mecha and a robot that leave their besieged home planet and seek refuge on earth. The humorous show debuted last Friday and we wish it a long run.

Via Sym-Bionic Titan

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